http://facecrooks.com Fri, 12 Feb 2016 03:27:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Police: Crook Used Facebook To Set Up Robbery Of Air Jordan Sneaker Collection http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Police-Crook-Used-Facebook-To-Set-Up-Robbery-Of-Air-Jordan-Sneaker-Collection.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Police-Crook-Used-Facebook-To-Set-Up-Robbery-Of-Air-Jordan-Sneaker-Collection.html/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 03:27:24 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9845 The post Police: Crook Used Facebook To Set Up Robbery Of Air Jordan Sneaker Collection appeared first on .

According to police in Glendale, Arizona, 33-year-old Daniel Nunez used a fake Facebook profile to lure the owner of a valuable Air Jordan sneaker collection into a robbery trap. Court documents say that Nunez contacted the victim on a Facebook group called “AZ Sneaker Community.” He then inquired about buying the shoes and asked the…

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facebook_blackbg_logoAccording to police in Glendale, Arizona, 33-year-old Daniel Nunez used a fake Facebook profile to lure the owner of a valuable Air Jordan sneaker collection into a robbery trap.

Court documents say that Nunez contacted the victim on a Facebook group called “AZ Sneaker Community.” He then inquired about buying the shoes and asked the victim to deliver them to the courtyard of his apartment building.

The victim told cops that he was suspicious of Nunez when he saw that his face did not match the picture he had on his Facebook profile, but it was too late. Nunez then allegedly brandished a gun, took the shoes and the victim ran away and called the police. When the cops showed up at Nunez’s apartment, he was still in the courtyard, and when they searched his apartment, they found the shoes. Nunez denied robbing the victim and said that someone had given him the shoes instead. However, he was still booked for armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Though this crook was particularly dumb and easy to catch for police, it’s not always so easy to recover stolen merchandise. It’s always a good idea to be careful when buying things on the Internet—especially from sketchy strangers on Facebook.



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France Orders Facebook To Stop Tracking Non-Users http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/France-Orders-Facebook-To-Stop-Tracking-Non-Users.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/France-Orders-Facebook-To-Stop-Tracking-Non-Users.html/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:45:37 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9843 The post France Orders Facebook To Stop Tracking Non-Users appeared first on .

Facebook is no stranger to its privacy policies meeting resistance from European countries. France joined the war of words this week when its data protection authority, the CNIL, issued a formal notice to Facebook requesting that it meet the group’s demands within three months—or face possible sanctions. While Facebook is “confident” that its privacy policies…

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Technology SecurityFacebook is no stranger to its privacy policies meeting resistance from European countries. France joined the war of words this week when its data protection authority, the CNIL, issued a formal notice to Facebook requesting that it meet the group’s demands within three months—or face possible sanctions.

While Facebook is “confident” that its privacy policies meet the standards of European Data Protection law, the CNIL took issue with Facebook’s cookies that collect info on the Internet browsing habits of non-Facebook users.

“Indeed, the company does not inform Internet users that it sets a cookie on their terminal when they visit a Facebook public page (e.g. page of a public event or of a friend),” the CNIL’s notice said. “This cookie transmits to Facebook information relating to third-party websites offering Facebook plug-ins (e.g. Like button) that are visited by Internet users.”

The group also accused Facebook of collecting sensitive user information like sexual orientation and religious views without obtaining the consent of users, and that data collected for targeted advertising violates users’ “right to respect for private life.” CNIL even accused Facebook of still using the illegal-since-October Safe Harbor data transfer agreement between Europe and the U.S., though Facebook denied that charge, saying they use other legal transfer methods.

Following similar legal battles in Germany and Belgium, Facebook more than has its hands full dealing with privacy problems in Europe.



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Are Politicians Responsible For Their Followers’ Offensive Facebook Comments? http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Are-Politicians-Responsible-For-Their-Followers%e2%80%99-Offensive-Facebook-Comments.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Are-Politicians-Responsible-For-Their-Followers%e2%80%99-Offensive-Facebook-Comments.html/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:09:38 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9840 The post Are Politicians Responsible For Their Followers’ Offensive Facebook Comments? appeared first on .

As election season heats up, many passionate political followers take to Facebook and other social media to vent their frustrations. However, what responsibility do the politicians themselves hold if the comments of their followers cross the line? A conservative Colorado State Representative posted an article on his Facebook page this month about the state’s speaker…

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facebook_logo_flatAs election season heats up, many passionate political followers take to Facebook and other social media to vent their frustrations. However, what responsibility do the politicians themselves hold if the comments of their followers cross the line?

A conservative Colorado State Representative posted an article on his Facebook page this month about the state’s speaker of the house “blasting” anti-abortion legislators. In response to his post, one Facebook user wrote: “Just think where we would be now if [the Speaker’s] mother had chosen the Speaker’s solution.” It’s unclear if the State Representative is aware of the comment, and according to experts, that’s important information to know before drawing any conclusions.

“When you look at the sheer volume of what people put on Facebook, it’s unrealistic to expect staff or candidates to keep up with it,” said professor and media expert Justin Vaughn. “They might be getting thousands of comments. Unless we know there’s active support, we should be cautious about inferring that inaction means tacit support… If the campaign is made aware of an offensive comment and refuses to take action, that’s another story.”

Of course, it’s unfair to hold politicians responsible for someone else’s offensive Facebook comments. It’s not necessarily a good thing to expect them to police their followers, either. However, it’s interesting that these problems of censorship are the exact same ones that Facebook deals with on a larger scale.



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Facebook Shuts Down Medical Marijuana Pages http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Shuts-Down-Medical-Marijuana-Pages.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Shuts-Down-Medical-Marijuana-Pages.html/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:19:49 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9838 The post Facebook Shuts Down Medical Marijuana Pages appeared first on .

Medical marijuana is legal in New Jersey, but several dispensaries in the state still have had their Facebook pages mysteriously taken down. Facebook’s terms of service prohibit ads that promote the sale or use of “illegal, prescription, or recreational drugs,” so these legal dispensaries are definitely walking a fine line. However, some patients criticized Facebook’s…

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facebook_censorMedical marijuana is legal in New Jersey, but several dispensaries in the state still have had their Facebook pages mysteriously taken down.

Facebook’s terms of service prohibit ads that promote the sale or use of “illegal, prescription, or recreational drugs,” so these legal dispensaries are definitely walking a fine line. However, some patients criticized Facebook’s censorship, saying they rely on their dispensary’s page for up-to-the-minute information that helps them handle their symptoms.

“It seems high-handed to simply shut down important resources for sick patients without even saying why or giving organizations a way to ask for reconsideration,” said Peter Rosenfeld, a registered patient in the state’s system. “It makes me question whether any of us should continue to use Facebook. Maybe it is time for people to migrate to new ways of communicating.”

These legal businesses are caught between a rock and a hard place; New Jersey rules prohibit them from advertising, so many relied on their Facebook presence to get the word out. Now, several dispensaries don’t even have that.

Another issue is consistent enforcement; one legal marijuana business owner in Washington State complained in a Facebook community forum that his page was shut down while those of his competitors were allowed to remain up. In his post, he even threatened legal action. Like with many of Facebook’s privacy issues, it’s clear the site needs to straighten out its policies so these accusations of censorship don’t arise.



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Facebook Shuts Down Encryption Extension for Messenger http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Shuts-Down-Encryption-Extension-for_Messenger.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Shuts-Down-Encryption-Extension-for_Messenger.html/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:57:55 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9833 The post Facebook Shuts Down Encryption Extension for Messenger appeared first on .

**Update** TechCrunch, Lifehacker and other blogs reported on the Crypter browser extension yesterday. It looks like Facebook has ‘Depreciated’ the Crypter extension and it is no longer functioning. A new browser extension app called Crypter has been created that allows Facebook users to completely encrypt Facebook Messenger chats. Although the app’s creators updated their website…

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**Update** TechCrunch, Lifehacker and other blogs reported on the Crypter browser extension yesterday. It looks like Facebook has ‘Depreciated’ the Crypter extension and it is no longer functioning.

A new browser extension app called Crypter has been created that allows Facebook users to completely encrypt Facebook Messenger chats. Although the app’s creators updated their website to say that it had “depreciated” since Facebook discovered it, they still encouraged users to download Crypter. Updates for the extension will be pushed out automatically, so even if Facebook temporarily prevents it from working, a future update could get it back up and running.

“We had an ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ attitude, in designing Crypter,” said Max Mitchell, the app’s creator. “Instead of inviting users to join a brand new chat application we decided to apply it to an already established one—Facebook. And at the same time making sure that we don’t interrupt with our users existing habits… The application basically sits silently in your conversations and works efficiently when you want to use it.” 

According to Mitchell, Crypter could have several important uses, including shielding users from government spying, preventing advertisers from obtaining private data, and even helping protesters and other oppressed groups around the world communicate. The key point, however, is simple: even if you have nothing to hide, privacy is an important right. That’s doubly true online, where it’s never been easier for your sensitive info to fall into the wrong hands. 



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Many parents and advocates have called on Facebook to remove popular “teen dating and flirting” sites, particularly in the wake of the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell. The girl is alleged to have met her killer on the public page. These groups feature all kinds of offensive, dangerous and potentially illegal content, including…

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alert-150x150Many parents and advocates have called on Facebook to remove popular “teen dating and flirting” sites, particularly in the wake of the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell. The girl is alleged to have met her killer on the public page.

These groups feature all kinds of offensive, dangerous and potentially illegal content, including sexting, cyberbullying and even pornography. However, Facebook has been slow to react in removing them. According to The Washington Post, the advocacy group Justice for Children Without Voices reported the page to Facebook for removal and was told the site would remove it in 24 hours. However, 28 hours later, the page was still posted.

“It’s unclear why Facebook has allowed these groups to exist for this long,” wrote columnist Caitlin Dewey in the Post. “Many of the publicly viewable teen dating groups flagrantly flout the site’s community standards: Aside from the routine harassment and borderline hate speech, ‘Teen Dating and Flirting’ is also littered with explicit pornography. It’s unclear if the subjects of all those photos are adults.”

Facebook often has difficulty policing its own pages; since the site is so large, it depends on its own users to flag offensive content. In the case of pages like this, there’s almost no chance the teens themselves will report and ruin their own online community. So Facebook itself needs to step up and ensure this kind of dangerous online communication ceases immediately.



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Facebook Bans Private Gun Sales http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Bans-Private-Gun-Sales.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Bans-Private-Gun-Sales.html/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:29:02 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9828 The post Facebook Bans Private Gun Sales appeared first on .

Facebook announced late last week that it will now ban users from arranging the private sale of guns on both Facebook and Instagram. The site previously allowed gun sales under a set of restrictions, but firearms will now join illegal drugs and pharmaceuticals as a completely prohibited item to sell on the social media platform.…

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facebook iconFacebook announced late last week that it will now ban users from arranging the private sale of guns on both Facebook and Instagram. The site previously allowed gun sales under a set of restrictions, but firearms will now join illegal drugs and pharmaceuticals as a completely prohibited item to sell on the social media platform.

The change to its policy has been a long time coming. In March 2014, the site announced new “educational and enforcement measures” for commercial activity on Facebook. However, the social media giant acknowledged the problem of potentially encroaching on peoples’ private speech.

“While we’ve recently heard specific concerns from people about offers for the private sales of firearms, this is one of many areas where we face a difficult challenge balancing individuals’ desire to express themselves on our services, and recognizing that this speech may have consequences elsewhere,” Facebook said in a statement then.

So why did Facebook take action now? It’s likely because of the intensifying debate on the issue gun control in U.S. politics and discourse. Indeed, activists have stepped forward with praise for Facebook’s actions.

“What they’re doing is sending such an incredibly strong, sentinel signal to the world that America is working in the right direction on guns,” Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told The New York Times. “For them to take a stand and do the right thing gives cover to other businesses to do the right thing.”

Licensed gun dealers can still sell firearms on the site, but there’s no doubt that this new rule is a hugely positive way for Facebook to take some political and social responsibility.



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Better Business Bureau: “Be Like Bill” Facebook Meme Generator Could Be A Privacy Risk http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Better-Business-Bureau-%e2%80%9cBe-Like-Bill%e2%80%9d-Facebook-Meme-Generator-Could-Be-A-Privacy-Risk.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Better-Business-Bureau-%e2%80%9cBe-Like-Bill%e2%80%9d-Facebook-Meme-Generator-Could-Be-A-Privacy-Risk.html/#comments Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:58:10 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9826 The post Better Business Bureau: “Be Like Bill” Facebook Meme Generator Could Be A Privacy Risk appeared first on .

There’s no doubt you’ve already seen the “Be Like Bill” meme in your News Feed. It features a stick figure drawing with funny or cute phrases that are customized with a user’s name. It seems like another harmless meme, but the Better Business Bureau warns that it and other clickbait traps like it could be…

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There’s no doubt you’ve already seen the “Be Like Bill” meme in your News Feed. It features a stick figure drawing with funny or cute phrases that are customized with a user’s name. It seems like another harmless meme, but the Better Business Bureau warns that it and other clickbait traps like it could be used to collect your personal info.

According to KFVS12, the company behind Be Like Bill had in its terms of privacy that it could use and edit the content of people who use the app. The company, Blobla, reached out to the news station to say they were removing that line from its terms, but the BBB still issued a warning to consumers.

“It’s critical to read the terms of any online agreement (including privacy statements) before clicking ‘I Agree’ or sharing personal information,” BBB national spokesperson Katherine Hutt told USA Today. “Many of these sites were created solely for the purpose of harvesting data for resale, and by simply playing a game or taking a quiz, you could be giving the app access to a tremendous amount of information about you, your friends, the things you like, the things you buy, and more.”

As always, it’s a good idea to be skeptical of any kind of free download on Facebook—especially ones that ask for your info.



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New Facebook Scam Tells Users Their Profile Has Been Reported For Abuse http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/New-Facebook-Scam-Tells-Users-Their-Profile-Has-Been-Reported-For-Abuse.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/New-Facebook-Scam-Tells-Users-Their-Profile-Has-Been-Reported-For-Abuse.html/#comments Sat, 30 Jan 2016 12:09:03 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9824 The post New Facebook Scam Tells Users Their Profile Has Been Reported For Abuse appeared first on .

According to Malwarebytes, a new scam is making the rounds on Facebook that misleads users into believing their profile has been reported for “abuse.” This “Security Systems Pages” hoax tells users that their profile may be disabled if they don’t provide a ton of sensitive information to the scammers, including email address, phone number, date…

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no_scamAccording to Malwarebytes, a new scam is making the rounds on Facebook that misleads users into believing their profile has been reported for “abuse.”

This “Security Systems Pages” hoax tells users that their profile may be disabled if they don’t provide a ton of sensitive information to the scammers, including email address, phone number, date of birth and Facebook password. According to these cyber crooks, they need all of that info to “verify” a victim’s account. As if that wasn’t enough, users are also asked to “upgrade” their credit card information, with a message popping up to reassure them that their info will be secure.

Scams like this one pop up all the time and are usually shut down quickly, but they are undeniably effective; phishers wouldn’t keep creating them if they weren’t. However, all it takes to avoid falling victim to them is a discerning eye and a little common sense.

“The majority of these fake logins are reached via email, and anytime you’re asked for credentials— or worse, payment information—from a supplied link, you should delete and move on with your day as this just isn’t something any service is in the habit of doing,” Malwarebytes Malware Intelligence Analyst Christopher Boyd told Infosecurity.

For a list of other top scams to be on the lookout for, be sure to check out this post: Top Ten Facebook Scams to Avoid.



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Court Tosses Facebook Photo Tagging Privacy Lawsuit http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Court-Tosses-Facebook-Photo-Tagging-Privacy-Lawsuit.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Court-Tosses-Facebook-Photo-Tagging-Privacy-Lawsuit.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:20:21 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9820 The post Court Tosses Facebook Photo Tagging Privacy Lawsuit appeared first on .

This week, a federal judge dismissed an attempted class action lawsuit against Facebook that argued the site’s photo tagging violates Illinois privacy law. The case was brought last August by a man, Frederick Gullen, who claimed that someone uploaded a picture of him to Facebook and tagged it with his name despite the fact that…

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facebook-general-3This week, a federal judge dismissed an attempted class action lawsuit against Facebook that argued the site’s photo tagging violates Illinois privacy law.

The case was brought last August by a man, Frederick Gullen, who claimed that someone uploaded a picture of him to Facebook and tagged it with his name despite the fact that he does not have a Facebook profile. Gullen then claimed that Facebook stored information about his “facial geometry” to its database so it could identify him in future photos. His lawsuit said that this violates the Biometric Information Privacy Act, an Illinois law that restricts how companies can collect and use biometric data.

Though the federal judge dismissed Gullen’s case, he did so only on the grounds that the Illinois court had no jurisdiction in the case. He did not render an opinion on the actual allegations made about Facebook, though the social media giant strongly disputed Gullen’s claims.

“Tag Suggestions does not apply to people without Facebook accounts,” Facebook’s attorneys said. “If a person who is tagged in a photo on Facebook does not have a Facebook account, Facebook does not, contrary to … the complaint, save a ‘face template’ and ‘corresponding name identification’ in its ‘database.’”

Several other similar suits have been consolidated and are currently working their way through the legal system in California, so you can bet the battle over Facebook’s facial recognition isn’t over yet.

Although you can’t opt out of this feature, it is a good idea to enable tag review. This keeps items you are tagged in from auto-posting to your Timeline.


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