A complaint filed with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) is blaming Facebook of being unsuccessful to defend sensitive health info in its groups. The complaint, filed with the organization previous month, argues that the firm inappropriately revealed data on users of closed groups. The problem first came into the public attention in July 2018, when members of a group for females with a gene mutation dubbed as BRCA found sensitive data, such as email addresses and names of members, can be downloaded in bulk, either through a Chrome extension or manually.
At that time, Facebook made modifications to Groups that concluded the practice, but said that the decision was not associated to the concerns of BRCA group. The firm also claimed at the time that the capability of seeing the info was not a privacy error, and stated that there was also an alternative for “secret” groups, which are harder to join but also have more restricted discoverability.
On a related note, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) earlier claimed that it will inspect whether “primary carriers” offered imprecise data on their coverage regions as the organization determined where to send financial support for rural broadband. The Mobility Fund II initiative is meant to assign over $4.5 Billion to encourage developing out mobile broadband service in rural regions. As fraction of the initiative, the FCC asked coverage maps from providers, which it can then employ to decide which regions required support.
The agency claimed that a review of over 20 million speeds tests lifted grave questions about the preciseness of the info, and it has stopped the next measures of the initiative while it inspects. Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman, has claimed that enhancing rural access to broadband has been a major objective for the organization. But the FCC has encountered criticism in the past over its maps.