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Three users sue Facebook over call, text data scraping

Apple chief Tim Cook and IBM chair Ginni Rometty have also called for more measures to ensure user data protection

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Facebook warned investors that there may be more such data breaches in the future. Pixabay
  • Three Messenger users have sued Facebook
  • Users alleged that the social media giant has violated their privacy
  • Apparently, Facebook scraped data of their phone calls and text messages

Three Messenger users have sued Facebook in a class action suit alleging that the social media giant has violated their privacy by scraping data of their phone calls and text messages.

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Social media app is in news for all the wrong reasons lately. VOA

The development comes at a time when Facebook is facing heat from all quarters over the leak of personal and other data of some 50 million users to political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

The three users, who have filed the lawsuit in a US federal court in the Northern District of California, have asked for unspecified damages, CNBC reported on late Tuesday. Facebook on Sunday acknowledged that it had been logging call and text history of Android users but said it does not save the data without users’ permission who have an option to opt-out from it.

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The social media giant has been in news for wrong reasons lately. Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the social media giant “made mistakes” over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a “breach of trust” had occurred between it and its users.

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# users sued the social media app for scraping their data from the messengers. VOA

He apologized for the data debacle that upended the social media giant and said he was ready to testify before Congress. The US Federal Trade commission (FTC) has already confirmed that it was investigating Facebook after the leak of personal and other data. The FTC said on Monday that it “takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook”.

Additionally, Katarina Barley, Justice Minister in German government, said the social media giant would get stricter regulations in the country. Apple chief Tim Cook and IBM chair Ginni Rometty have also called for more measures to ensure user data protection. IANS

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Apple, Spotify Podcasts Now Availabe on Amazon Echo Lineup

With this, the Echo line up from Amazon becomes with the first third-party clients to support the Apple Podcasts service without using AirPlay

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It's also interesting that Apple is ceding some of its HomePod functionality to Amazon. Pixabay

Apple and Swedish streaming giant Spotify’s podcasts are now available on Amazon’s Echo line up of devices.

“Apple Podcasts can be set as the default podcast player from the Alexa app, too, so Amazon will default to checking Apple Podcasts first whenever a show is requested. Spotify also announced today that its users would be able to ask Alexa to play podcasts from its platform,” The Verge reported on Friday.

With this, the Echo line up from Amazon becomes with the first third-party clients to support the Apple Podcasts service without using AirPlay.

It’s also interesting that Apple is ceding some of its HomePod functionality to Amazon.

The HomePod offers syncing with Apple Podcasts, which was unique and potentially a selling point. Now that anyone can access Apple Podcasts from any Alexa device, the HomePod is less special, the report added.

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Apple and Swedish streaming giant Spotify’s podcasts are now available on Amazon’s Echo line up of devices. Wikimedia Commons

Notably, Spotify Premium users were earlier able to use Spotify Connect to stream to Echo.

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But now, the Swedish streaming giant says that both Free and Premium customers in the US will be able to ask Alexa for podcasts as well as set Spotify as their default player. (IANS)