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Bill Introduced To Constrain Facebook’s Data Collection  

Following Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Capitol Hill this week, two U.S. senators introduced a bill that would dramatically cut down on how Facebook is able to collect our information. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey introduced the CONSENT Act (short for Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions) that would require Facebook and other…

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Zuckerberg Gets Grilled By Lawmakers About “Shadow Profiles”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went to Capitol Hill this week to testify in front of lawmakers about his company’s data and privacy shortcomings. While most of the interactions accomplished little besides proving lawmakers don’t know much about Facebook, several lines of questioning did result in eye-opening answers from Zuck. For instance, why exactly does Facebook…

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Update: Data Breach Had Private Messages, Too

Things just keep getting worse for Facebook this week as Mark Zuckerberg heads to Capitol Hill to testify about his company’s many ongoing privacy controversies. And one of the biggest scandals plaguing the site got even bigger when it was revealed that the private contents of about 1,500 users’ messages were obtained by Cambridge Analytica…

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Facebook Closes Security Loopholes, Begins Notifying Users About Data Breach

Facebook continued its efforts to win back public trust this week by rolling out a notification to users whose data was leaked in the Cambridge Analytica breach last fall. Starting now, the estimated 87 million users who were affected can expect to see a detailed message from Facebook in their news feeds.   Additionally, every…

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Facebook Secretly Deleted Messages From Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook is in the middle of an unprecedented crisis of public trust. More and more users are beginning to question what Facebook is doing with their personal information — and why the site has so much of it in the first place. And in this atmosphere of mounting skepticism, more stories are coming to light…

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Facebook Is Scanning Your Messages On Messenger

Given all the other privacy controversies rocking Facebook, it should come as no surprise that the social media giant is reading your messages, too. Facebook itself confirmed this week that it scans the contents of messages sent through the Messenger platform, looking for what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called “sensational” content. Facebook considers the actual…

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Facebook, Apple Trade Shots Over Data Privacy Scandal

Facebook has dealt with intense criticism from the public, lawmakers and privacy advocates for its role in a massive data breach that saw the information from almost 50 million people fall into the wrong hands. Now even other tech companies are piling on, with Apple CEO Tim Cook blasting Facebook in a recent interview. Then,…

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Facebook Plans To Add More Safeguards Against Abuse Of User Data

Facebook is still struggling to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, and TechCrunch reported this week that the company will soon introduce new tools to safeguard user info. The new feature, called Custom Audience, will serve as a certification tool that will require marketers to pledge that the email addresses…

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Report: ICE Agents Use Facebook Data To Track And Find Suspects

With all the recent revelations about how our private Facebook data is put to use, it should perhaps come as no surprise that law enforcement agencies also request it to track people. But a report from The Intercept this week still raised alarm bells with what it alleges are internal memos from the Immigration and…

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Facebook Apologizes For Keeping All User Videos And Promises To Delete Them

As Facebook deals with increased scrutiny over its data practices, many curious users have downloaded the file of personal data that the company keeps on all of us. The files contain all the information Facebook has gathered about you, and many users have been shocked to discover the scope of what they contain. One of…

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Facebook Is Making Its Privacy Settings Easier To Find

Facebook vowed this week to make its privacy settings easier to find and use as controversy continues to swirl around the platform’s protection of user data.   This move comes in the wake of the scandal that saw personal information from tens of millions of Facebook users fall into the hands of political consultants. Facebook…

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Internal Facebook Memo Leaks Defending Data Collection, Detailing “Growth At Any Cost”

The problems just keep coming for Facebook this week, as a 2016 internal memo from Vice President Andrew “Boz” Bosworth leaked that defended the site’s data practices and acknowledged that it could be used as a platform to harm people. The memo, titled “The Ugly,” is so controversial because it proves that high-ranking Facebook executives…

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