Digital Transparency

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Facebook will exclude 1.5 billion users from Europe's privacy standards

Facebook makes a great show of pretending to care about safeguarding your data, but today, it’s shattered that illusion. The company has confirmed to Reuters that it won’t be extending the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws worldwide.<p>That means that the social network’s …

Privacy

Facebook admits tracking users and non-users off-site

Statement comes as company faces US lawsuit over facial recognition feature launched in 2011 and planned to expand to EU<p>Facebook has released more information on the social media platform’s tracking of users off-site, after its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, failed to answer questions about the process from …

Privacy

Facebook stops fighting proposed California privacy law

Facebook has announced that it will stop opposing a proposed California ballot measure designed to protect the privacy of the state's citizens. The California Consumer Privacy Act would, if enacted, force companies to be more open about the types of data they store about folks. Naturally, the usual …

Privacy

How to fix the big tech backlash? Build companies with purpose

Tech companies have an image problem.<p>Apple is attempting to fight a rear-guard action from its own investors about the addictiveness of its iPhones. Facebook is desperately trying to convince society that its social network is still a force for good, even though it recently became clear Cambridge …

Market Capitalization

We forced 9 privacy experts to say "I told you so" about Facebook - hopefully we'll listen next time

We should have known that Facebook was abusing our data. Why? Because lots of privacy activists told us so. Since most of them are too good of a human to rub that in our nose, we went ahead and forced them to accept our spoonfed quote. Hopefully, next time we will listen.<p>Rick Falkvinge, founder …

Privacy

How to delete yourself from the Internet

Data breaches. Identity theft. Bank fraud. Every week, we read a fearsome new headline about cybercrime. Reputable services fall victim to anonymous hackers. Ransomware holds random computer user’s files hostage. And what about those websites that track your every move, targeting you with …

Information Systems

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he's left Facebook over data collection

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told USA TODAY he's leaving Facebook out of growing concern for the carelessness with which Facebook and other Internet companies treat the private information of users.<p>"Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and ... Facebook makes a lot …

Social Media

Twitter postpones platform change that would cut off third-party apps

Twitter’s app Sword of Damocles is still hanging<p>The people behind third-party Twitter clients Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talon, and Tweetings are warning users that their apps could lose important features like push notifications and an auto-refresh timeline in June. The problem is that after June …

Apps

Facebook: Most users may have had public data 'scraped'

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's acknowledgement that most of its 2.2 billion members have probably had their personal data scraped by "malicious actors" is the latest example of the social network's failure to protect its users' data.<p>Not to mention its apparent inability to even identify the problem …

Social Media

How to ghost your internet provider with a secret IP address

Two new projects just launched that could hinder internet-service providers’ ability to eavesdrop on their customers, helping internet users protect …

Information Security

This site guesses exactly who you are based on just 15 questions

Inti de Ceukelaire, the ethical hacker from ‘Oilsjt’ in Belgium, is back again. De Ceukelaire has built a tool that can pretty reliably tell who you are after answering 15 questions on his new site ‘Oilsjt Analytica,’ a cheeky reference to Cambridge Analytica’s recent Facebook scandal.<p>I would say …

Fake News

Facebook will no longer allow third-party data for targeting ads

The company is clamping down on potentially vulnerable ad practices<p>Facebook announced today that it’s disabling a form of advertising targeting called Partner Categories, which allowed prominent third-party data aggregators like Experian and Acxiom to provide clients with offline data like …

Internet

Trump wants to go after Amazon

President Donald Trump is "obsessed" with Amazon, a source told the news website Axios, and is eyeing legal means to go after the online retail giant.<p>According to the Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, Trump believes Amazon is a negative force for smaller, locally owned retailers and wants to find a way …

Donald Trump

People are downloading their Facebook data and posting it to Twitter, and the results will terrify you

The Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to roll on. As it does, people are becoming more and more aware of just how much data Facebook has on them.<p>One easy (yet slightly horrifying) way to see it all in one place is to request all of your Facebook data as a zip file. A lot of people have been …

Social Media

Facebook tracking is present in 41% of the most popular Android apps

In response to several privacy blunders, netizens are flocking to #<i>DeleteFacebook</i>. But research from AdGuard suggests that escaping Zuckerberg’s panopticon is easier said than done, as Facebook-built tracking software exists in a staggering number of apps.<p>Facebook Audience Network is a tool used by …

Apps

EU antitrust chief keeps open threat to break up Google: report

(Reuters) - The European Union holds "grave suspicions" about the dominance of internet giant Google and has not ruled out breaking it up, according to a warning by the EU's antitrust chief, Britain's Telegraph reported on Sunday.<p>European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager reckons the …

Antitrust Laws

Facebook was tracking your text message and phone call data. Now what?

If you installed a Facebook app to your Android smartphone, odds are good that Facebook has been logging your phone calls and text message data ever …

Apps

Tim Cook speaks out on the Cambridge Analytica scandal, says Facebook's collection of user data 'shouldn't exist'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has weighed in on the Cambridge Analytica data scandal that Facebook has been grappling with for the past two weeks.<p>British data company Cambridge Analytica was able to obtain Facebook user data for over 50 million people by abusing Facebook's own tools, causing an uproar that …

Cambridge Analytica

Facebook knows literally everything about you

Cambridge Analytica may have used Facebook’s data to influence your political opinions. But why does least-liked tech company Facebook have all this data about its users in the first place?<p>Let’s put aside Instagram, WhatsApp and other Facebook products for a minute. Facebook has built the world’s …

Social Media

Facebook hit with shareholder lawsuits over data misuse crisis

The lawsuits are piling up against Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data misuse and political ad targeting scandal.<p>According to SF Gate the company has been hit with four suits in federal courts so far this week following fresh revelations about how Facebook’s app permissions were …

Peter Thiel

Deleting Facebook is easier said than done

Over the past few days, Facebook has come under intense scrutiny due to its previous relationship with Cambridge Analytica, a data-science company that secretly culled information from 50 million Facebook users. This has raised questions not only about the social network's role in the data harvest …

Social Media

Even the founder of WhatsApp thinks you should delete Facebook

It turns out even $19 billion isn't enough to convince people of the merits of Facebook.<p>In what will surely be another blow to Facebook, WhatsApp …

Brian Acton

How Much is Your $$$Data Worth?

Personal data has value. Facebook and Google harvest billions from it through advertising. Talented hackers make a handsome living from stealing and …

Personal Data

Whistleblower: We tested Trump slogans in 2014

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie says the company tested Trump slogans such as "drain the swamp" and "deep state" as early as 2014, before Trump announced a presidential run.

Donald Trump

Alex Stamos, Facebook's Chief Security Officer, Is Reportedly Leaving the Company

But Stamos says he's 'still fully engaged with my work at Facebook.'<p>Last summer, Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos stood in the middle of a stage in an arena to open the annual hacking conference Black Hat in Las Vegas. Before his entrance, there was loud music and a light show.<p>In the …

CEOs

It's time to protect yourself — and your friends — from Facebook

Remember the Marlboro Man? He was a sexy vision of the American west, created by a cigarette corporation to sell a fatal product. People knew this …

Social Media

A self-driving car killed a pedestrian for the first time last night

It’s a moment we all feared was coming, but were hoping we wouldn’t have to see. Last night, a self-driving car killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona. As far as we can tell, it’s the first time a driverless car has killed a pedestrian. The vehicle was operated by Uber.<p>According to the <i>New York Times</i>, the …

Autonomous Vehicle

Facebook and its executives are getting destroyed after botching the handling of a massive data 'breach'

Facebook and its executives faced a torrent of backlash on Saturday following news reports that the data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on the Trump campaign in 2016, improperly harvested private information from 50 million Facebook users.<p>The company quickly faced calls for increased …

Cambridge Analytica

What the GDPR will mean for companies tracking location

The tracking of people’s location is becoming an increasingly useful tool for many businesses, whether they want to use it to connect customers with their special offers, monitor footfall, or provide other location-based services.<p>However, a snag is coming in the shape of the EU’s General Data …

Privacy