Internet Safety & Privacy

Experts Slam Facebook For “Laughable” Privacy Criticisms Of Apple

Experts Slam Facebook For “Laughable” Privacy Criticisms Of Apple

In recent weeks, Facebook has been locked in an escalating feud with Apple over a proposed privacy change to the company’s app experience. The new feature would give users greater control over how companies use their data to track them around the web and target advertising. According to Facebook, this will harm small businesses —…

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Facebook Will Offer Improved Account Security In 2021

Facebook Will Offer Improved Account Security In 2021

As usual, Facebook came under intense scrutiny this year for the ways in which it did (or did not) protect users’ accounts. However, the company promised to do better in 2021, announcing that its Facebook Protect feature — previously only offered to politicians — will now be available to a broader array of people. Additionally,…

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Facebook Is Forcing UK Users To Abide By Worse Privacy Rules

Facebook Is Forcing UK Users To Abide By Worse Privacy Rules

Facebook announced this week that, beginning next year, it will shift all UK users into user agreements based with the company’s corporate headquarters in California. This move is partially due to Brexit — but it will also help Facebook avoid Europe’s strict privacy laws. For now, Facebook’s UK users will remain subject to UK privacy…

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Facebook Again Slams Apple Over Privacy Concerns

Facebook Again Slams Apple Over Privacy Concerns

Facebook and Apple are two of the biggest tech companies in the world, so it only makes sense that they’ve been locked in a heated rivalry for years. However, when Facebook criticizes Apple for its privacy practices — as it did in a recent series of full-page newspaper ads — it’s hard to take the…

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Report: Facebook Is Developing Technology To Read Your Thoughts

Report: Facebook Is Developing Technology To Read Your Thoughts

It’s no secret that Facebook wants to know as much about its users as possible. After all, that’s how the social media giant targets advertising and, in turn, generates vast sums of revenue. However, the company reportedly told its employees about a planned feature this week to better understand users that may go a step…

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The FTC Orders Facebook To Explain How They Collect User Data

The FTC Orders Facebook To Explain How They Collect User Data

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) formally filed charges against Facebook for unlawfully maintaining a monopoly over social media. Now, the government organization has demanded that Facebook and eight other tech giants disclose how they collect and use personal data. The regulatory agency not only wants a full accounting of how the social media…

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Report: Facebook Employees Slam The Company’s Policies On The Way Out The Door

Report: Facebook Employees Slam The Company’s Policies On The Way Out The Door

It’s tradition for Facebook employees departing the company to write a note called a “badge post” for their colleagues. And since the U.S. election, BuzzFeed News reports that some of these notes have been highly critical of Facebook’s policies for handling hate speech, misinformation and more. According to the report, a departing data scientist recently…

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The U.S. Government Officially Calls For Facebook To Be Broken Up

The U.S. Government Officially Calls For Facebook To Be Broken Up

For years, the U.S. federal government has threatened to rein in Facebook. Some of the most extreme proposals have even involved breaking up Facebook by splitting off some of its acquired companies like WhatsApp and Instagram. And this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 48 state attorneys general filed lawsuits to do exactly that.…

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Global Governments Express Concern About Facebook End-To-End Encryption

Global Governments Express Concern About Facebook End-To-End Encryption

Facebook is often criticized for not doing enough to strengthen user privacy. However, the social media giant has recently found itself being condemned for doing too much to safeguard user communications. That’s because many government officials and advocates are concerned that Facebook’s end-to-end encryption may not only protect everyday users, but also cybercriminals and abusers.…

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Report: Facebook Data Could Be Used To Diagnose Mental Illness

Report: Facebook Data Could Be Used To Diagnose Mental Illness

Facebook has built its entire business model on knowing as much about you as possible. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that, according to a team of medical researchers and computer scientists, your Facebook posts could be used to determine whether or not you will develop mood disorders in the future. According to the…

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