Internet Safety & Privacy

Report: Facebook Can Secretly Use Your iPhone Camera

Report: Facebook Can Secretly Use Your iPhone Camera

Facebook has long been the subject of conspiracy theories that it can use your phone’s microphone to eavesdrop on you. While this has never definitively been proven, an eagle-eyed designer recently found something just as bad: the Facebook app for iOS appears to actively use your camera without your knowledge while you’re scrolling your feed.…

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Leaked Facebook Documents Show How The Company Leverages User Data

Leaked Facebook Documents Show How The Company Leverages User Data

Facebook is no stranger to bad publicity, but it found itself the focus of particularly negative attention this week after NBC News released almost 7,000 pages of internal Facebook documents. These emails, web chats, notes and presentations paint a picture of a company that is blatantly unafraid to profit off its users’ private information. According…

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California Announces Investigation Into Facebook’s Privacy Practices

California Announces Investigation Into Facebook’s Privacy Practices

Facebook increasingly finds itself in hot water around the world for its privacy and data practices. And the temperature got turned up even higher this week when the state of California (and Facebook’s home base) announced it’s in the midst of an 18-month investigation into the social media giant. The state’s attorney general also blasted…

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Facebook Admits App Developers Had Improper Access To User Data

Facebook Admits App Developers Had Improper Access To User Data

Facebook can’t seem to avoid data and privacy controversies no matter what positive steps forward it takes. Last spring, the social media giant made significant changes to its rules regarding how developers could access user data. Still, according to a blog post from the company this week, about 100 developers may have accessed user information…

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Report: Facebook Does Little To Stop Bullying And Harassment

Report: Facebook Does Little To Stop Bullying And Harassment

Facebook makes a big deal about having zero tolerance for bullying and harassment on its platform. However, according to the results of a six-month CNN investigation, the company doesn’t do as much as it could to combat this behavior. The investigation examined several cases where harassment went unpunished. In one instance, a mother of three…

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Report: Facebook Testing Encrypted Audio And Video Calls

Report: Facebook Testing Encrypted Audio And Video Calls

When Facebook first announced that it would begin end-to-end encryption for all Messenger and WhatsApp communications, it seemed like a victory for user privacy. After all, this technology protects private messages from all prying eyes — including hackers, law enforcement and even Facebook itself. However, the feature almost instantly caused unease for officials who feared…

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Facebook Agrees To Pay Fine For Cambridge Analytica Data Breach Scandal

Facebook Agrees To Pay Fine For Cambridge Analytica Data Breach Scandal

Even though news of the Cambridge Analytica data breach broke last spring, Facebook continues to face the consequences of its lax policies. Just this week, Facebook finally reached an agreement with UK data regulators to pay a $643,000 fine for failing to safeguard user data. However, the terms of the agreement will not require Facebook…

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Facebook Preparing To Launch Personal Healthcare Tool

Facebook Preparing To Launch Personal Healthcare Tool

Last spring, the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal rocked Facebook to its core, leading to a slew of consequences that included a $5 billion fine from the Federal Trade Commission. However, that controversy also put some of Facebook’s plans on hold — including the creation of a personal healthcare tool that connects people to service…

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Facebook Struggles Balancing Misinformation Research With User Privacy

Facebook Struggles Balancing Misinformation Research With User Privacy

With the 2020 U.S. presidential election right around the corner, many lawmakers and advocates have expressed concern that Facebook will once again be used to spread misinformation and fake news. However, to prevent these attacks, Facebook needs to conduct thorough research — and that involves scraping users’ data in a way that could jeopardize privacy.…

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Facebook Admits People Don’t Trust It Enough To Create Cryptocurrency

Facebook Admits People Don’t Trust It Enough To Create Cryptocurrency

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear before Congress this week, where he will be grilled on a host of privacy and data issues — including Facebook’s cryptocurrency project Libra. In his prepared remarks, Zuckerberg admits that his company has a long way to go before it regains its users’ trust enough…

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