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Report: Facebook Gave User Data To More Than 60 Companies

Facebook is just recovering from the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal that rocked it this spring, but the social media giant may already have another massive privacy controversy on its hands. Over the weekend, The New York Times published a report that said Facebook provided “privileged access” to over 60 device makers, like Apple, Samsung…

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Facebook User Tries To Auction His Personal Data On eBay

There have been plenty of stories in the news lately about how Facebook is profiting off our private information. That’s why one user decided to take matters into his own hands by putting his Facebook data up for auction on eBay. The user, a U.K.-based writer and developer named Oli Frost, started the bidding at…

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Complaint Accuses Facebook Of Using “Tricks” To Get Users To Accept Privacy Policy

The European Union recently introduced a sweeping new privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that has had far-reaching effects for companies around the world. It’s the reason you’ve probably received so many privacy notices in your email inbox in recent weeks. Facebook was one of the companies that agreed to comply with…

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Facebook Accidentally Sends Westworld Fans To Random Woman’s DMs

Facebook takes a lot of heat, deservedly, for not doing enough to protect user privacy. However, sometimes these serious issues can result in funny situations, like when the site screwed up this week by accidentally directing users to the Messenger account of a random user instead of the account for the HBO show Westworld.  …

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Facebook Is About To Ask Users A Lot Of Privacy Questions

After getting rocked by several major privacy scandals, Facebook has begun taking steps to educate users about what they can do to protect themselves better. And in the coming weeks, the company will introduce one of its biggest steps yet to achieve that goal: by sending a pop-up notice to every user around the world…

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Facebook Expands Its Controversial Approach To Fighting Revenge Porn

Facebook raised a lot of eyebrows late last year when it announced that it would introduce a new way to combat so-called “revenge porn” that asked people to upload nude photos of themselves to the company’s servers. At first, Facebook was only testing the tool in Australia, but it announced this week that it will…

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Facebook Strengthens Its Two-Factor Authentication

Facebook has tried just about everything to win back public trust in the midst of its many ongoing privacy and data scandals. And if there’s a silver lining to these controversies, it’s that Facebook has stepped up its game when it comes to protecting its users. The company instituted another major change to its settings…

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Facebook Wants To Make It Easier To Change Your Privacy Settings

Facebook users have expressed more interest than ever in learning how to protect their own privacy on the platform. That’s not surprising, given the sheer amount of scandals the company has faced recently. Now, Facebook has admitted that it’s heard these complaints, and will fix its controls with design changes and a staff re-organization. The…

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Facebook Tracks You On Over 8.4 Million Websites

The recent slew of data and privacy controversies plaguing Facebook have resulted in a positive, unintended effect for users: we know far more about how Facebook operates than we ever have before. One of those eye-opening disclosures came again this week, when Facebook Head of Public Policy Rebecca Stimson told the U.K. Parliament that Facebook…

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Facebook Releases First-Ever Content Moderation Report

As part of its pledge to be more transparent with users, Facebook released its first-ever content moderation report this week. In it, the company shared how many incidents of spam, hate speech, violence, and nudity it has removed over the past two business quarters. There are many interesting tidbits in the report, including the fact…

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Facebook Gets Smacked By Yet Another Data Privacy Scandal

Facebook has had its hands full dealing with privacy scandals over the past several months, but you can add yet another problem to the list this week. In a recent report from New Scientist, it was revealed that more than 3 million Facebook users had their personal data collected and stored on an easily-accessible site…

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Facebook Sued For Collecting Call, Text Information

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Facebook scraped Android users’ call and text logs without notifying them. Now, the social media giant is facing a class action lawsuit for this practice, which the plaintiff says “presents several wrongs, including a consumer bait-and-switch, an invasion of privacy, wrongful monitoring of minors, and potential attacks on…

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