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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Facebook on Thursday sued OneAudience, a mobile data analytics company, for collecting data from its users beginning in September 2019.

Details: Facebook alleges that OneAudience plugged software development kits (SDK) — designed to scrape user data from its site as well as Google and Twitter — into shopping and gaming apps distributed through stores like Google Play.

How it works: People would have their data collected after downloading an app and logging into it through their Google, Facebook or Twitter account, Facebook claims in the lawsuit.

The company says that users' names, email addresses, time zones, the country in which the account is used, user ID (a string of numbers that links someone to their profile) and in some cases, gender, were collected by OneAudience.

  • Gender was not obtained by OneAudience unless the user authorized an app to know it.
  • Instagram was not affected, Facebook spokesperson Jason Grosse told Axios.
  • OneAudience said that the data it collected was "deleted on a regular basis from OneAudience's data systems," per Facebook's lawsuit.

What they're saying: "This is the latest in our efforts to protect people and increase accountability of those who abuse the technology industry and users," Jessica Romero, Facebook's director of platform enforcement and litigation, wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

  • OneAudience did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In November, the company said it shut down the OneAudience SDK, stating that personal information was "never intended to be collected, never added to our database and never used."
  • Twitter users' emails, usernames and last Tweets were reportedly affected by OneAudience scraping, the company wrote in a November blog post. Twitter said it had evidence of Android users being affected, but not iOS users.

Go deeper: Facebook finally gives researchers access to promised data

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Using apps to prevent deadly police encounters

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Mobile phone apps are evolving in ways that can stop rather than simply document deadly police encounters with people of color — including notifying family and lawyers about potential violations in real time.

Why it matters: As states and cities face pressure to reform excessive force policies, apps that monitor police are becoming more interactive, gathering evidence against rogue officers as well as posting social media videos to shame the agencies.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
15 hours ago - Technology

TikTok gets more time (again)

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The White House is again giving TikTok's Chinese parent company more to satisfy national security concerns, rather than initiating legal action, a source familiar with the situation tells Axios.

The state of play: China's ByteDance had until Friday to resolve issues raised by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), which is chaired by Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin. This was the company's third deadline, with CFIUS having provided two earlier extensions.

Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children a chance to petition for protection from deportation.

Why it matters: President Trump has sought to undo the Obama-era program since taking office. Friday’s ruling will require Department of Homeland Security officers to begin accepting new applications for DACA as soon as Monday.