Facebook Changes Privacy Settings Again, and It’s Not All Good News

Facebook Changes Privacy Settings Again, and It’s Not All Good News

In a somewhat surprising move, Facebook has changed its privacy settings once again. There are several new additions, including a shortcut to privacy settings, significantly more detailed messages about those privacy settings, and a revamped Activity Log and photo tagging feature. All of the changes will go into effect at the end of the year.…

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5 Tips for a More Private Holiday Shopping Season

5 Tips for a More Private Holiday Shopping Season

The holidays are approaching, which means it’s also the time of the year for identity theft, online tracking, and hacker exploits. Use these 5 tips to stay more private while you’re shopping online this season: 1. Do the shopping cart trick to get discounts If you know ahead of time that you want something, put…

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Facebook Policy Vote Ends Well Short of Required Number of Ballots, Changes to Go Into Effect

Facebook Policy Vote Ends Well Short of Required Number of Ballots, Changes to Go Into Effect

The deadline to vote on Facebook’s new policy ending users’ right to vote on policy changes expired at noon Pacific Standard Time today. According to Facebook’s rules, they needed thirty percent of the site’s user base to vote on a change to ratify it, which means they needed a staggering 300 million users to weigh…

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Checking Facebook at Work Might Be Illegal, According to 1986 Law

Checking Facebook at Work Might Be Illegal, According to 1986 Law

Many people frequently check and update their Facebook pages at their jobs; it’s no secret. However, according to two Boston College professors in a recent paper they have written, language in the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act may actually outlaw Facebook usage at work. Most corporations frown on their employees checking their Facebook pages…

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Facebook Presses EU on Data Privacy Proposals

Facebook Presses EU on Data Privacy Proposals

Facebook is lobbying hard for the European Commission not to pass some proposed online privacy legislation. These measures could further hurt Facebook’s presence in Europe, coming in the wake of several battles with privacy groups about facial recognition technology.  This is a large market for Facebook, and one they will be fighting hard to protect.…

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Facebook Makes Privacy Education a Priority for New Users

Facebook Makes Privacy Education a Priority for New Users

Facebook has just introduced a new feature in their registration process to educate new users about proper online privacy. The tutorial teaches new users how to control the privacy settings on their posts, and how ads and apps work. Most importantly, the feature added in-line privacy controls, so users can adjust their settings on the…

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Facebook Privacy Fail Could Expose 500 Million Mobile Phone Numbers

Facebook Privacy Fail Could Expose 500 Million Mobile Phone Numbers

If you have included your mobile phone number in your Facebook contact information, then you’ll be interested in a major security flaw discovered by Suriya Prakash. Many people reluctantly give up their mobile number to Facebook to enable login approvals, self-included. As you can see in the image shown below, I have my phone number…

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Facebook Warns FTC About Proposed Amendment to Children’s Online Privacy Rules

Facebook Warns FTC About Proposed Amendment to Children’s Online Privacy Rules

The FTC wants to update the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act, first written in 1998, in order to cover games, apps, ad networks and more. Facebook has raised concerns with the FTC that the amendment would pose a freedom of speech violation against teenagers, who would be limited in what they could like or…

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Facebook Working with Controversial Data Tracking Company

Facebook Working with Controversial Data Tracking Company

Facebook is working with a data company called Datalogix that can track whether people who see ads on the site are actually buying the advertised products in stores. Facebook has felt some pressure to prove the worth of its advertising, but its efforts to dig up data have raised even more concerns. “We kept hearing…

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Facebook Turns Off Facial Recognition in EU, Gets All-Clear in Ireland

Facebook Turns Off Facial Recognition in EU, Gets All-Clear in Ireland

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner has been investigating Facebook’s privacy settings and determining how they comply with data protection regulations in Europe. The investigation, which took several months, has resulted in Facebook implementing the majority of the Commission’s recommendations. Facebook has improved transparency, made it easier for its European users to change their settings, and, most…

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