Internet Safety & Privacy

Woman Mistakenly Facebook Shames Man For Being A Pedophile

Woman Mistakenly Facebook Shames Man For Being A Pedophile

An Australia woman posted a photo on Facebook of a man she believed was taking pictures of her children at a Target store. The post about this “creep” quickly went viral, being shared more than 20,000 times, and the man in the photo even received death threats. The only problem? He wasn’t taking pictures of…

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U.K. Woman Has Facebook Photos Stolen, Used On Tinder Profile

U.K. Woman Has Facebook Photos Stolen, Used On Tinder Profile

A 27-year-old U.K. woman learned the hard way to protect her Facebook photos when she found a hoax Tinder profile using her pics. The woman, who found out about the imposter after receiving a screenshot from a friend, was understandably horrified. “This is a situation that many women can relate to and it is sadly…

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Study: Facebook, Social Media A Factor In One In Seven Divorces

Study: Facebook, Social Media A Factor In One In Seven Divorces

Facebook aims to be an online reflection of our everyday lives. According to researchers hired by Slater and Gordon, a multinational law firm headquartered in Australia, which also includes the end of marriages. “Five years ago Facebook was rarely mentioned in the context of a marriage ending, but now it has become commonplace,” said Andrew…

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Facebook Will No Longer Give Your Friends’ Data To Apps

Facebook Will No Longer Give Your Friends’ Data To Apps

Before this week, when a Facebook user logged on to certain apps for the first time, they were given a diabolical choice: let Facebook access the data of their Friends, or don’t use the app at all. While many apps let users opt out of revealing sensitive information, the fact that Facebook could access the…

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Single Mom Fired From Daycare Over Facebook Post

Single Mom Fired From Daycare Over Facebook Post

A 27-year-old Texas woman and single mother was fired from her job at a daycare before her first day of work because of a Facebook post. The woman, Kaitlyn Walls, wrote that she didn’t like working in childcare, and her post soon spread to an 8,000-member yard sale group in the community. “I start my…

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What Is The Impact Of Facebook’s Quest For Your Data?

What Is The Impact Of Facebook’s Quest For Your Data?

These days, pretty much every major tech company is seeking new ways to collect and use your data. As a column in Salon this week notes, this is often done with stated goals that are noble and humanitarian, like Facebook’s mission to connect the world to the Internet or its recent Amber Alert feature. However,…

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Facebook Pushes Back Against Government Request for Encryption Backdoors

Facebook Pushes Back Against Government Request for Encryption Backdoors

Speaking at the world’s largest computer security event this week, U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said that strong online encryption is hurting law enforcement’s ability to operate. “Our inability to access encrypted information poses public safety challenges,” he said. “Encryption is making it harder for your government to find criminal activity.” However, the…

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Study: Facebook One Of Most Hated Tech Companies Because Of Privacy

Study: Facebook One Of Most Hated Tech Companies Because Of Privacy

According to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), Facebook was one of the three most hated tech companies in America last year, along with Twitter and LinkedIn. The index works by collecting data on customer loyalty and satisfaction every year. Facebook has dealt with a slew of privacy-related PR issues over the past several years,…

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The Atlantic: Should Police Use Facebook To Track People?

The Atlantic: Should Police Use Facebook To Track People?

As more social interactions occur online, it stands to reason that more criminals would also use social media platforms to communicate. However, as discussed at length in a column in The Atlantic this week, there are many potential problems that could stem from law enforcement officials using the site to track crooks. According to The…

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New App Offers to Clean Facebook History Of Job Seekers

New App Offers to Clean Facebook History Of Job Seekers

A new app called Clear was announced this week that seeks to clean compromising posts from your social media history. It connects with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and searches posts with potentially offensive language using algorithms and an IBM supercomputer. The app was the brainchild of Ethan Czahor, who was fired from his position with…

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