Internet Safety & Privacy

Girl Costs Dad $80,000 Settlement with Facebook Boast

Girl Costs Dad $80,000 Settlement with Facebook Boast

Patrick Snay, the 69-year-old former head of Gulliver Preparatory School in Florida, filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the school when his contract wasn’t renewed in 2011. Snay and the school reached a settlement agreement for $80,000, plus $10,000 in backpay and $60,000 for Snay’s attorney. The deal looked to be in the clear –…

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Wall Street Journal: Facebook Shows Ads for Pills, Nude Webcams to Teenagers

Wall Street Journal: Facebook Shows Ads for Pills, Nude Webcams to Teenagers

The Wall Street Journal published a devastating critique of Facebook’s advertising last week, detailing some of the inappropriate ads that reach teenaged Facebook users. The WSJ piece tells the story of 14-year-old Erica Lowder, who clicked on an ad for an app called Ilikeq that lets users rate a person’s attractiveness and comment on their…

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Sprint Employee Posts Customer’s Sex Photos on Facebook

Sprint Employee Posts Customer’s Sex Photos on Facebook

A Los Angeles woman is suing Sprint for invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress and identity theft after several photos of her engaged in sexual acts were posted to her Facebook profile from a phone that she traded in to a Sprint store in April of last year. The lawsuit claims that an employee…

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Mom’s Group Begins Work With Facebook to Ban Illegal Gun Sales on the Site

Mom’s Group Begins Work With Facebook to Ban Illegal Gun Sales on the Site

The illicit trade or sale of guns on Facebook and social media is a dark part of their potential uses, though up until this point, Facebook has been powerless to stop it. Now, however, a group of crusading mothers has entered formal discussions with Facebook to find ways to prohibit the sale of guns on…

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Facebook to Respect Privacy Settings of Deceased Users

Facebook to Respect Privacy Settings of Deceased Users

Up until now, Facebook has allowed only friends and family members of deceased Facebook users to view the individual’s profile. However, the site will now respect the privacy settings of deceased users and leave them “as-is” after their death. “This will allow people to see memorialized profiles in a manner consistent with the deceased person’s…

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European Court Scores Privacy Victory Against Facebook

European Court Scores Privacy Victory Against Facebook

In a decision that directly contradicted one reached by an earlier German court, the Higher Court of Berlin ruled this week that Facebook must comply with German privacy rules. Germany has more strict data privacy laws than many other European nations, and the country has consistently challenged Facebook’s privacy practices. The German high court found…

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Facebook Buys WhatsApp; Privacy Concerns Arise

Facebook Buys WhatsApp; Privacy Concerns Arise

Facebook announced this week that it acquired popular messaging app WhatsApp for a stunning figure of $19 billion. The app is currently the most popular messaging app for smartphones, and boasts over 450 million users while adding an additional 1 million users every day. Of course, not everyone that uses WhatsApp is on Facebook, and…

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Facebook Drops Two Mobile Ad Partners for Privacy Violations

Facebook Drops Two Mobile Ad Partners for Privacy Violations

Though Facebook is often criticized for their privacy practices, the site has made efforts recently to step up their protection of user information.  Last week, Facebook dropped two mobile ad partners, HasOffers and Kontagent, for violating the site’s privacy practices. The two mobile ad companies held onto user data longer than their contracts with Facebook…

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How to Secure Your Facebook Account With Login Approvals

How to Secure Your Facebook Account With Login Approvals

 Phishing scams are widely popular on Facebook. Cyber criminals relentlessly pursue ways and means to obtain Facebook usernames and passwords. These compromised accounts often send out spam or scam messages virally across the platform. Scammers can also data mine these accounts and their network of friends. This information can be used for identity theft or…

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North Carolina Mom Receives 14,000 Facebook Messages Intended for Teen in Mexico

North Carolina Mom Receives 14,000 Facebook Messages Intended for Teen in Mexico

Kristal McKenzie, a young mother in North Carolina, got rid of her Facebook profile in 2011. However, shortly after that, she received a notification from the site – in Spanish – that she had signed up for an account. She translated the message and realized that it was intended for a young teenage girl in…

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