http://facecrooks.com Sat, 28 May 2016 03:29:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Facebook Will Now Track Non-Users Around The Web To Show Them Ads http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Will-Now-Track-Non-Users-Around-The-Web-To-Show-Them-Ads.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Will-Now-Track-Non-Users-Around-The-Web-To-Show-Them-Ads.html/#comments Sat, 28 May 2016 03:29:00 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9988 The post Facebook Will Now Track Non-Users Around The Web To Show Them Ads appeared first on .

Facebook announced this week that it will begin displaying ads to non-users around the web in a move that could give the social networking giant a dominant role in all online advertising. The site plans to collect information on all Internet users by tracking them with small pieces of code called cookies. And how does…

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Facebook and U.S. DollarFacebook announced this week that it will begin displaying ads to non-users around the web in a move that could give the social networking giant a dominant role in all online advertising.

The site plans to collect information on all Internet users by tracking them with small pieces of code called cookies. And how does it do that? Through the omnipresent “Like” buttons and plug-ins that are hosted on nearly every major website.

Publishers and app developers have some users who aren’t Facebook users. We think we can do a better job powering those ads,” Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s vice president of ads and business, told The Wall Street Journal. “Our buttons and plugins send over basic information about users’ browsing sessions. For non-Facebook members, previously we didn’t use it. Now we’ll use it to better understand how to target those people.”

Targeted advertising is nothing new online. However, Facebook’s 1.7 billion-strong user base means that it has an unparalleled amount of data to use for its targeting.

Thankfully, there are methods for both Facebook users and non-users to opt out of Facebook’s tracking. For users, all you need to do is adjust your settings. Nonusers need to file a report with the Digital Advertising Alliance.


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Facebook Pushes Senate For Stronger Online Communication Privacy http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Pushes-Senate-For-Stronger-Online-Communication-Privacy.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Pushes-Senate-For-Stronger-Online-Communication-Privacy.html/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 14:36:03 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9986 The post Facebook Pushes Senate For Stronger Online Communication Privacy appeared first on .

Facebook and many other major tech companies and consumer advocacy groups teamed up this week to urge the Senate to pass a bill that would reform online communication privacy. The group of organizations wrote a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, voicing support for the Email Privacy Act…

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Internet security comcept. Earth and lock.Facebook and many other major tech companies and consumer advocacy groups teamed up this week to urge the Senate to pass a bill that would reform online communication privacy.

The group of organizations wrote a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, voicing support for the Email Privacy Act that recently passed through the House of Representatives by a vote of 419-0. The bill would close a loophole in the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act that lets government agents demand emails with only a civil subpoena instead of a warrant if the email is more than 180 days old.

Of course, a bill written in 1986 that deals with the Internet badly needed an update — thus the unanimous vote. However, Facebook and the other groups that wrote the letter emphasized that the reforms in the bill do not go far enough to protect users’ privacy from the government.

“The bill passed by the House does not achieve all of the reforms we had hoped for,” the letter said. “Indeed, it removes key provisions of the proposed bill, such as the section requiring notice from the government to the customer when a warrant is served, which are necessary to protect users. However, it does impose a warrant-for-content rule with limited exceptions.”

So while you won’t know if a warrant has been served for your private online info, you can at least rest easy knowing that a warrant was served in the first place. That doesn’t seem like much, but it’s a big step forward for your security.


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Facebook Wants To Create An Emoji — Of You http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Wants-To-Create-An-Emoji-%e2%80%94-Of-You.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Wants-To-Create-An-Emoji-%e2%80%94-Of-You.html/#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 22:28:55 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9984 The post Facebook Wants To Create An Emoji — Of You appeared first on .

According to a patent filed earlier this month, Facebook may soon create personalized emojis of users’ faces. The feature would use Facebook’s facial recognition technology to scan through all of your photos to find a match with an emoji you intended to use. For example, if you typed the symbol for a smiley-face, Facebook could…

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facebook-general-3According to a patent filed earlier this month, Facebook may soon create personalized emojis of users’ faces.

The feature would use Facebook’s facial recognition technology to scan through all of your photos to find a match with an emoji you intended to use. For example, if you typed the symbol for a smiley-face, Facebook could offer you the option to replace the standard smiley-face emoji with a tiny picture of you smiling instead.

“The image corresponding to the emoticon may be an image of the user with an expression similar to the expression conveyed by the detected emoticon,” the patent read. “The image might also be any image the user has preselected to represent the expression conveyed by the detected emoticon.”

Some popular platforms like Slack already offer custom emoji options like this, so it’s no surprise Facebook is following suit. While the amount of emojis offered would likely be limited at first, a user’s options could expand with the more pictures they uploaded and tagged. And, of course, that may be the ultimate goal. The more pictures you tag yourself in, the more engaged you are with Facebook, and the more engaged you are with Facebook, the more of your data the site receives. 


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Facebook Bans Promoting Of Post With Plus-Sized Model Picture For Violating “Health And Fitness” Standards http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Bans-Promoting-Of-Post-With-Plus-Sized-Model-Picture-For-Violating-%e2%80%9cHealth-And-Fitness%e2%80%9d-Standards.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Bans-Promoting-Of-Post-With-Plus-Sized-Model-Picture-For-Violating-%e2%80%9cHealth-And-Fitness%e2%80%9d-Standards.html/#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 21:55:40 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9982 The post Facebook Bans Promoting Of Post With Plus-Sized Model Picture For Violating “Health And Fitness” Standards appeared first on .

An Australian feminist group received a rude surprise this week when it tried to promote a post featuring an image of a plus-sized model on Facebook — and was subsequently rejected by the site. The picture, which was ironically included as part of a Facebook event to promote body sensitivity, allegedly violated the site’s “health…

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facebook iconAn Australian feminist group received a rude surprise this week when it tried to promote a post featuring an image of a plus-sized model on Facebook — and was subsequently rejected by the site.

The picture, which was ironically included as part of a Facebook event to promote body sensitivity, allegedly violated the site’s “health and fitness” standards. Facebook has since admitted making a mistake, but in the site’s original correspondence with the feminist group, it told them that the picture represented an “undesirable” lifestyle.

“Ads may not depict a state of health or body weight as being perfect or extremely undesirable,” Facebook allegedly wrote. “Ads like these are not allowed since they make viewers feel bad about themselves. Instead, we recommend using an image of a relevant activity, such as running or riding a bike.”

In response to Facebook’s advice, the group humorously changed its picture to a plus-sized person riding a bicycle.

“We’re raging pretty hard over here — both because Facebook seemingly has no idea that plus sized, self describing fat women can feel great about themselves, and also because we haven’t been able to boost the original damn post,” one of the event’s hosts wrote.

Facebook is an enormous company, and with so much human error involved (look no further than the current anti-conservative bias scandal) embarrassing mistakes like this are bound to happen.


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Facebook Message-Scanning Privacy Case Moves Forward http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Message-Scanning-Privacy-Case-Moves-Forward.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Message-Scanning-Privacy-Case-Moves-Forward.html/#comments Sat, 21 May 2016 14:48:52 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9980 The post Facebook Message-Scanning Privacy Case Moves Forward appeared first on .

A lawsuit claiming Facebook violated federal privacy laws by scanning the content of private messages was partially certified for class action this week in a Northern California court, meaning the case is one step closer toward going to trial. The lawsuit centers on Facebook’s practice of scanning URLs sent in private messages. While this is…

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Technology SecurityA lawsuit claiming Facebook violated federal privacy laws by scanning the content of private messages was partially certified for class action this week in a Northern California court, meaning the case is one step closer toward going to trial.

The lawsuit centers on Facebook’s practice of scanning URLs sent in private messages. While this is done to check for malware, child pornography, and other things worth removing from Facebook, the plaintiffs allege that it could also be used for gathering user-targeting data.

“The records that Facebook creates from its users’ private messages, and which are stored indefinitely, may be put to any use, for any reason, by any Facebook employee, at any time,” the plaintiffs’ attorneys said.

Facebook has argued that the data it gathers from these shared URLs is anonymous, and only looked at in aggregate. In other words, Facebook doesn’t know what link you as an individual user sent to your friend, but instead uses that small piece of information to paint a broader picture of trends. However, a technical analysis performed on behalf of the plaintiffs found that each URL is stored in a database that shows the date, time and user IDs associated with each messaged link.

No matter how the case goes, this week’s class certification will prevent the plaintiffs from winning monetary damages. Instead, this case has become about getting to the bottom of — and publicly exposing — Facebook’s data-mining practices.


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Judge: Don’t Change Your Privacy Settings During Litigation http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Judge-Don%e2%80%99t-Change-Your-Privacy-Settings-During-Litigation.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Judge-Don%e2%80%99t-Change-Your-Privacy-Settings-During-Litigation.html/#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 03:44:50 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9978 The post Judge: Don’t Change Your Privacy Settings During Litigation appeared first on .

A judge in a Fair Housing Act lawsuit reprimanded the plaintiff in the case this week for making her Facebook account private during litigation. The lawsuit alleges that the defendant, a landlord, did not rent an apartment to the plaintiff after learning that two of the plaintiff’s children would be living with her. The plaintiff’s…

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facebook-privacy3A judge in a Fair Housing Act lawsuit reprimanded the plaintiff in the case this week for making her Facebook account private during litigation.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendant, a landlord, did not rent an apartment to the plaintiff after learning that two of the plaintiff’s children would be living with her. The plaintiff’s Facebook became an issue when the defense noticed her privacy setting change and flagged it with the judge. Crucially, the judge had already asked her not to hide or delete her Facebook posts as litigants “have a duty to preserve evidence.”

[The plaintiff’s] conduct had the effect of hiding her postings from public view, and hence from defendants’ counsel’s view,” the court said. “Of course, it does not appear that the postings were deleted, and they remain available for defendants’ use… Nevertheless, it is troubling that the posts were removed from public view after this Court issued a consent order designed to preserve the status quo of her social media accounts.”

The plaintiff offered to print out any Facebook posts the defense wanted to see — but that was after she’d already changed her privacy settings. The judge in the case did not sanction the plaintiff for her actions, but did warn that it could hurt her case during trial.

So, just as a fair warning: if you find yourself involved in any kind of litigation, it’s probably a good idea to adjust your privacy settings before you make it into the courtroom.


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Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology Is More Accurate Than The FBI’s http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook%e2%80%99s-Facial-Recognition-Technology-Is-More-Accurate-Than-The-FBI%e2%80%99s.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook%e2%80%99s-Facial-Recognition-Technology-Is-More-Accurate-Than-The-FBI%e2%80%99s.html/#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 13:34:56 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9976 The post Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology Is More Accurate Than The FBI’s appeared first on .

Facebook’s facial recognition technology has grown increasingly controversial in recent weeks. First, a judge ruled that Facebook must face a lawsuit alleging that the technology violates user privacy. Then, the feature was removed altogether from Facebook’s Moments app in Europe and Canada. Now NPR has reported that Facebook’s ability to recognize your face in photos…

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who_viewed_your_profile_thumb1Facebook’s facial recognition technology has grown increasingly controversial in recent weeks. First, a judge ruled that Facebook must face a lawsuit alleging that the technology violates user privacy. Then, the feature was removed altogether from Facebook’s Moments app in Europe and Canada. Now NPR has reported that Facebook’s ability to recognize your face in photos is more accurate than the system used by the FBI.

According to Facebook, it is able to correctly identify a person’s face 98 percent of the time. According to the FBI, its technology correctly identifies the right person out of a list of its top 50 candidates about 85 percent of the time. The reasons for the difference: the photos available to the FBI are usually taken head-on, like a mug shot, and the system has to look through an enormous database to find a match. Meanwhile, Facebook is only looking at your friends’ faces to ID the right person.

“It’s much harder for face recognition to work when you’re trying to identify one person from a very large database versus one from a very small database, which is what Facebook is doing,” Jennifer Lynch, staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told NPR.

Lynch also warned that the law as it currently stands does not prevent the FBI from using Facebook photos in its database.

“The FBI has said publicly that they do not put these photographs in the facial recognition database, but there is nothing in the law to prevent them from doing that,” she said.

After causing concern overseas for so long, it finally seems as though Facebook’s creepy photo recognition is becoming an issue here in the U.S., too.


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Zuckerberg To Meet With Conservative Media Leaders To Discuss Alleged Trending News Suppression http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Zuckerberg-To-Meet-With-Conservative-Media-Leaders-To-Discuss-Alleged-Trending-News-Suppression.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Zuckerberg-To-Meet-With-Conservative-Media-Leaders-To-Discuss-Alleged-Trending-News-Suppression.html/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 12:49:26 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9973 The post Zuckerberg To Meet With Conservative Media Leaders To Discuss Alleged Trending News Suppression appeared first on .

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with prominent conservative media members and leaders this week to discuss recent reports that the site deliberately suppresses conservative news in its Trending News section. A Facebook spokesperson said that this group of “conservative thought leaders” will meet with Zuckerberg on Wednesday. The group includes media pundit Glenn Beck,…

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facebook_logo_flatFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with prominent conservative media members and leaders this week to discuss recent reports that the site deliberately suppresses conservative news in its Trending News section.

A Facebook spokesperson said that this group of “conservative thought leaders” will meet with Zuckerberg on Wednesday. The group includes media pundit Glenn Beck, Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute and Zac Moffatt, co-founder of the tech firm Targeted Victory and Mitt Romney’s former digital director.

For their part, the conservative media members say they’re eager to meet with Facebook and hear the site’s side of the story.

“While they are a private business and I support their right to run it any way they desire without government interference, it would be wonderful if a tool like [Facebook] INDEPENDENTLY CHOSE to hold up freedom of speech and freedom of association as a corporate principle,” Glenn Beck wrote on his Facebook page.

Despite the multiple reports of Facebook news bias from Gizmodo, Zuckerberg says that the site has found “no evidence” that it’s true. However, the social media giant could be forced to publically prove that assertion; a U.S. Senate committee has opened an inquiry into the matter.


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A Pennsylvania court ruled last week that a 15-year-old high school freshman could be suspended for a Facebook post about an existing bomb threat that school administrators interpreted as another bomb threat. The boy’s parents argued that his suspension violated his rights to free speech, noting that the school’s student handbook doesn’t cover off-campus conduct.…

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facebook_blackbg_logoA Pennsylvania court ruled last week that a 15-year-old high school freshman could be suspended for a Facebook post about an existing bomb threat that school administrators interpreted as another bomb threat.

The boy’s parents argued that his suspension violated his rights to free speech, noting that the school’s student handbook doesn’t cover off-campus conduct. However, the judge presiding over the case disagreed, saying that “the medium is not the issue” if the message is “problematic.”

After being sent home from school because of a bomb threat, the boy wrote on Facebook: “Plot twist, bomb isn’t found and goes off tomorrow.” His defense argued that this was a joke, but the judge said that the intent did not matter, and the school had every right to take action if they felt threatened.

“Logically, schools should be able to discipline students on account of off-campus speech they reasonably believe could cause disruption in the form of danger or violence, or fear of danger or violence, in schools,” District Judge John E. Jones III wrote. “[Especially considering] the modern reality of the Internet and social media networks on which students actively engage, whether they are on campus or off-campus.”

 

While the student didn’t intend to make a threat, it has been interpreted time and again by the courts that intent doesn’t matter. Instead, the legal system places an emphasis on whether the “target” of a post feels threatened. In other words, be careful what you post on Facebook — and perhaps more importantly, be careful who and what you post about.


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Facebook Wants To Teach Hacking Skills For Web Security Education http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Wants-To-Teach-Hacking-Skills-For-Web-Security-Education.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Wants-To-Teach-Hacking-Skills-For-Web-Security-Education.html/#comments Fri, 13 May 2016 11:45:01 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9968 The post Facebook Wants To Teach Hacking Skills For Web Security Education appeared first on .

Facebook announced this week that it will open-source its Capture the Flag (CTF) platform to help teach students and developers how to hack — and how to guard against online security threats. CTF competitions are a common occurrence in the cyber security industry. These simulations are used to teach security professionals how to deal with…

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hacker_predatorFacebook announced this week that it will open-source its Capture the Flag (CTF) platform to help teach students and developers how to hack — and how to guard against online security threats.

CTF competitions are a common occurrence in the cyber security industry. These simulations are used to teach security professionals how to deal with common hacking attacks. Some of these exercises put the participants in the role of the hacker to teach them how security breaches work from the other side.

“It’s a lot of fun to learn this offensive side of security, but at the same time learning about these flaws makes you a better defender, as well,” said Gulshan Singh, a software engineer on Facebook’s threat infrastructure team. “Although news reports about security bugs are now commonplace, it’s not always obvious how people find these flaws and how you can develop the skills needed to find and protect against malicious exploits. CTFs provide a safe and legal way to try your hand at hacking challenges.”

Facebook’s open-sourcing of its CTF platform means that any classroom or conference around the world can use it for free. It’s an altruistic gesture, but it is also in Facebook’s best interest; the more trained cyber security experts there are in the world, the safer Facebook’s future will be.


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