Social media giant Facebook said data on most of its two billion users worldwide could have been accessed improperly. The company said it has now removed a feature that let users enter phone numbers or email addresses into Facebook’s search tool to find other people. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Social media giant Facebook said data on most of its two billion users worldwide could have been accessed improperly, giving fresh evidence of the way(...)

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Photograph: Stephen Lam/File Photo/Reuters

Up to 45,000 Irish Facebook users may have had their data improperly shared with consultancy Cambridge Analytica, the social media company confirmed. (...)

The entrance to Facebook’s corporate headquarters  in Menlo Park, California, the US. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that the personal information of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cam(...)

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder as well as chairman, has faced intense criticism from lawmakers.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to testify before the US House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11th, the chairman and top D(...)

Grindr is a ‘public forum’, the company says, after data sharing practices come under spotlight. Photograph: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images

Gay dating app Grindr has defended its practices after a BuzzFeed report that it sent sensitive user data - including HIV status, location and email -(...)

“Anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good,” the memo entitled “The Ugly” said. Photograph: Reuters

Facebook must pursue its aim of connecting people using “questionable” practices even if it costs lives, a company executive wrote in a 2016 memo leak(...)

Silhouette of laptop user is seen next to a screen projection of Apple logo. Apple has released a software update across all platforms to bring its services fully into line with the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules.  PHOTOGRAPH: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Apple says the objective of the EU’s new data privacy rules “align with the company’s privacy values”. The company was commenting as it releases a so(...)

Part of the insidiousness of the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook story is that some people still firmly believe the revelations have nothing to do with t(...)

Facebook will allow individuals to explore their data  by category rather than via a data dump. Photograph: Reuters

Confused about what information you are giving away on Facebook? The social media giant is simplifying its privacy tools again, making them easier to (...)

A full-page newspaper advertisment, taken out by Mark Zuckerberg, the chairman  of Facebook, to apologise for the data privacy scandal. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s data protection commissioner says around 2,000 internet connections in Europe are linked to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data scandal in(...)

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