Add another debacle to the long list of Facebook's privacy snafus: The company reportedly obtained and uploaded email contacts of 1.5 million users -- without asking them first.
Facebook's ad-delivery system sends ads to particular individuals based on whether the ads will be "relevant" to them. That determination can turn on stereotypes, a new paper says.
Dating app Grindr isn't responsible for activity by its users, a federal appeals court said this week.
Facebook, Google and other tech giants may soon have to disclose otherwise secret details of their data-handling practices to the Federal Trade Commission, Chairman Joseph Simons recently told the Senate.
In recent years, tech companies that played fast and loose with customers' data have faced lawsuits, civil investigations by the government, and even fines by the FTC.
If the bill also clears the House, Washington will join California in regulating companies' use of personal data.
California's attorney general wants consumers to be able to sue companies that violate the privacy law, while advocates want businesses to obtain people's permission before sharing their data.
"Facebook's internal documents indicate a callous disregard for young people and a culture that prioritized profits over people," watchdogs say in a new letter to the FTC.
"California's consumers should also be able to share in the wealth that is created from their data," California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in his first State of the State address.