Privacy-Gate

By Ken Yeung | A collection of articles detailing the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal which impacted millions of Americans, potentially influencing how they voted in the 2016 presidential elections.

Facebook’s Current Status With Advertisers? It’s Complicated

Advertisers are the lifeblood of Facebook, and the vast, personal reach of the social network has been a marketer’s dream. But now, some companies are taking a harder look at how they work with it and hunting for skeletons in their own data closets.<p>Brands are on high alert for how they might be …

Personal Information

Exclusive: Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much …

Privacy

Login With Facebook data hijacked by JavaScript trackers

Facebook confirms to TechCrunch that it’s investigating a security research report that shows Facebook user data can be grabbed by third-party JavaScript trackers embedded on websites using Login With Facebook. The exploit lets these trackers gather a user’s data including name, email address, age …

Social Media

A flaw-by-flaw guide to Facebook’s new GDPR privacy changes

Facebook is about to start pushing European users to speed through giving consent for its new GDPR privacy law compliance changes. It will ask people to review how Facebook applies data from the web to target them with ads, and surface the sensitive profile info they share. Facebook will also allow …

Privacy

I Was a Russian Facebook Troll Named Martha

Who has all those fake Russian Facebook accounts? I think I had one, at least for a couple of days Photo: Randi KlettThe real Tekla Perry.Back in the …

Internet

Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others

Exclusive: Profile data was scraped without user consent or knowledge to "build a three-dimensional picture" on millions of people.<p><i>Video: Scraped and</i> …

Security

Second Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says 'sex compass' app gathered way more Facebook data than the 87 million we already knew about

The 87 million Facebook accounts harvested by Cambridge Analytica (CA) in a massive data breach were probably just the tip of the iceberg.<p>That's the written testimony CA's former Business Development Director Brittany Kaiser gave to Britain's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMSC) on …

Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica’s ex-CEO backs out of giving evidence to UK parliament

Alexander Nix, the former CEO of the political consultancy firm at the center of a storm about mishandled Facebook users data, has backed out of re-appearing in front of the UK parliament for a second time.<p>Nix had been scheduled to take questions from the DCMS committee that’s probing online …

Social Media

Facebook tries to clarify how it collects data when you're not on Facebook

Facebook is trying to demystify the ways in which it tracks people when they aren't directly using the website or app.<p>The company on Monday published a blog post that outlined its data collection practices less than a week after Mark Zuckerberg testified about his company in front of Congress. The …

Privacy

The psychological impact of an $11 Facebook subscription

Would being asked to pay Facebook to remove ads make you appreciate their value or resent them even more? As Facebook considers offering an ad-free subscription option, there are deeper questions than how much money it could earn. Facebook has the opportunity to let us decide how we compensate it …

Social Media

Mark Zuckerberg was grilled this week. Silicon Valley took it personally.

But there were consequences, he added, such as the growing public distrust of tech giants, the threat of new legislation, and the harmful ways the …

Silicon Valley

How Pizza Night Can Cost More in Data Than Dollars

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Cambridge Analytica and the Coming Data Bust

The queasy truth at the heart of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, which is so far the company’s defining disgrace of 2018, is that its genesis became scandalous only in retrospect. The series of events that now implicate Facebook began in 2014, in plain view, with a listing on Amazon’s …

Cambridge Analytica

Facebook Takes the Punches While Rest of Silicon Valley Ducks

SAN FRANCISCO — Two pages of notes sitting in a binder in front of Mark Zuckerberg during his congressional testimony this week hinted at a message the Facebook chief executive rarely got a chance to deliver: We’re not the only ones.<p>Mr. Zuckerberg was prepared to say that his company accounts for …

Privacy

Mark Zuckerberg got grilled by Congress. Was it worth it?

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Zuckerberg gave testimony to Congress in response to his company's role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Russian election interference, and his website's utter nightmare of data privacy. He impressed people by wearing his absolute nicest human suit.<p>Mr. Zuckerberg's ten …

Internet

Image: Mark Zuckerberg Is Either Ignorant or Deliberately Misleading Congress

Facebook shouldn’t block you from finding friends on competitors

Twitter, Vine, Voxer, MessageMe. Facebook has repeatedly cut off competitors from its feature for finding your Facebook friends on their apps… after jumpstarting its own social graph by convincing people to upload their Gmail contacts. Meanwhile, Facebook’s Download Your Information tool merely …

Social Media

Lawmakers want more tech companies to address privacy legislation

Though Facebook has been in a bright spotlight since the Cambridge Analytica fallout, it's obviously not the only company that has to deal with issues surrounding how best to protect its users' privacy. That responsibility falls on all tech companies with online platforms and Congress is now …

Silicon Valley

Lawmakers agree social media needs regulation, but say prompt federal action is unlikely

Two days of sharp questioning of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg underscored how the risks posed by social media have become areas of broad political concern, bringing together House and Senate, Democrat and Republican, even rural and urban lawmakers.<p>The uncommonly bipartisan flavor of the …

Social Media

The Facebook hearings demonstrate the need for technology policy experts in Congress

The pace of technological change is hard for anyone to keep up with. But policy needs to reflect more than what worked a generation ago.<p>This week’s Facebook hearings made clear both how powerful new technologies are, and how important it is to have a common understanding of their basic …

Privacy

Facebook Doesn’t Expect Revenue Impact Over Privacy Concerns

Company marketing executive says users generally haven’t changed privacy settings amid recent concerns<p>LONDON—Facebook Inc. doesn’t expect the recent uproar over its users’ digital privacy to affect sales significantly, a top advertising executive for the global social-media platform said.<p>Facebook …

Privacy

Many believe Facebook is having a negative impact on society around the world

Mark Zuckerberg’s former pollster has the data to prove it.<p>Mark Zuckerberg’s former personal pollster, Tavis McGinn, thinks Facebook is having a negative impact on society. Based on his most recent survey, it seems much of the world agrees.<p>McGinn, who used to track the public’s perception of CEO …

Social Media

The Most Important Exchange of the Zuckerberg Hearing

The Facebook CEO’s defense of data collection is slipperier than it seems.<p>In his second day of congressional hearings, Mark Zuckerberg began the proceedings in the House of Representatives on Wednesday with an identical opening statement to the one he gave in the Senate on Tuesday.<p>But from that …

Social Media

Zuckerberg doesn’t rule out that Facebook’s app audit could take ‘years’

Testifying in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not deny that a recently announced audit of third-party app developers could take years.<p>Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) tried to get Zuckerberg to name an exact deadline for when Facebook would complete …

Social Media

Elon Musk says regulate social media: ‘We can't have willy-nilly proliferation of fake news, that's crazy’

Facebook CEO and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is on Capitol Hill for the second day on Wednesday, testifying in front of lawmakers after a data …

Social Media

Transcript of Zuckerberg’s appearance before House committee

<i>Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday for his second day of questioning on the Hill. Below is a partial transcript of the hearing.</i><p><i>[Transcript of Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate hearing]</i><p>REP. GREG WALDEN (R-ORE.): Okay. I'd ask our guests …

Privacy

In Front of the Cameras, Mark Zuckerberg Avoids Going Viral

Social media lives and dies on engagement. You serve your audiences such provocative content — news, political hot takes, baby pictures — that they keep their eyes on you as long as possible.<p>When Facebook’s chief, Mark Zuckerberg, showed up in Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday, he seemed to be …

Social Media

Republican lawmakers keep grilling Mark Zuckerberg about "censoring" two conservative vloggers.

Mark Zuckerberg is facing a lot of questions about Facebook’s policies, most of which involve handling user data. But there’s a running theme on the Republican side of the aisle: Facebook is censoring conservative content, particularly two pro-Trump vloggers who go by the names Diamond and Silk. …

Internet

AI will solve Facebook’s most vexing problems, Mark Zuckerberg says. Just don’t ask when or how.

Artificial intelligence will solve Facebook’s most vexing problems, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg insists. He just can’t say when, or how.<p>Zuckerberg referred to AI technology more than 30 times during ten hours of questioning from congressional lawmakers Tuesday and Wednesday, saying that it …

Artificial Intelligence