Internet Safety & Privacy

Report: Facebook Lets People Look You Up Using Your Security Phone Number

Report: Facebook Lets People Look You Up Using Your Security Phone Number

Facebook is often rightly criticized for the lack of security it provides for users. However, the company has long encouraged people to sign up for two-factor authentication as a means of better protecting themselves. And while this is normally an effective security measure, Facebook has already been caught misusing the phone numbers that users entrusted…

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Facebook Will Finally Launch Its “Clear History” Tool This Year

Facebook Will Finally Launch Its “Clear History” Tool This Year

Following the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal last spring, Facebook made a host of promises to improve its privacy controls for users. One of those promised features was “Clear History” — the ability for users to wipe the information that Facebook has collected about them from third-party apps and websites. However, right when many experts…

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Facebook Suspends, Then Reinstates Suspicious Russian Accounts

Facebook Suspends, Then Reinstates Suspicious Russian Accounts

One of the biggest controversies Facebook has ever dealt with is the role it played in Russian misinformation efforts before the 2016 presidential election. So it makes sense that the company would be sensitive to allegations that more Russian media outlets were abusing the platform. That’s why, when CNN was preparing a report earlier this…

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Report: Facebook Content Moderators Cope With PTSD, Panic Attacks And More

Report: Facebook Content Moderators Cope With PTSD, Panic Attacks And More

Facebook has come under heavy criticism for the way it handles content moderation issues. When the company relies on artificial intelligence, its technology often makes mistakes that a human would not. However, according to a sweeping report from The Verge released this week, there’s also a downside when real people are tasked with reviewing its…

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Report: Popular Health Apps Share Sensitive Data With Facebook

Report: Popular Health Apps Share Sensitive Data With Facebook

Facebook’s entire business model relies on collecting as much data about its users as possible. However, sometimes the company gets more info than it even wants from its partners — including sensitive data that doesn’t jibe with the platform’s own privacy policies. That appears to be the case, as spelled out by a recent report…

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Lawmakers Want To Question Facebook On The Privacy Of Health Groups 

Lawmakers Want To Question Facebook On The Privacy Of Health Groups 

Lawmakers are seeking answers from Facebook following a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that accuses Facebook of failing to protect users’ sensitive health data shared in its Groups. According to the complaint, released publically this week, a group of women with a rare gene mutation discovered that their information, including names and…

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Facebook Is Shutting Down Its Controversial Spyware App

Facebook Is Shutting Down Its Controversial Spyware App

Facebook announced this week that it will begin shutting down its controversial Onavo VPN app. The move comes in the wake of an earlier TechCrunch report that Facebook used Onavo code for research that gathered data on teen users. There’s nothing wrong with using a VPN service; indeed, it’s a smart technology to leverage if…

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Facebook Is Giving Users More Control To Stop Location Tracking

Facebook Is Giving Users More Control To Stop Location Tracking

Facebook is often justly criticized for not doing enough to protect user privacy. However, the company made an encouraging change to its privacy settings this week, allowing users to opt out of sharing their location data while they’re not using the Facebook app. Before now, location tracking on Android was, as The Verge points out,…

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Report: Facebook Monitors And Tracks Users It Deems a Threat

Report: Facebook Monitors And Tracks Users It Deems a Threat

Facebook’s bread and butter is collecting user data, so it’s no surprise the company has the capability to track us wherever we go. However, a new report from CNBC spells out just how far Facebook is willing to go to use this tool if it thinks it’s facing a threat. According to the report, Facebook…

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Report: Facebook Lets You Search For Photos Of Your Female Friends, But Not Your Male Ones

Report: Facebook Lets You Search For Photos Of Your Female Friends, But Not Your Male Ones

Facebook might be a world-dominating tech giant today, but it began its life as a humble — and deeply creepy —platform called Fashmash. That early iteration of the platform was designed for Harvard University students to rate their female colleagues by physical appearance. Facebook has gone to great lengths to distance itself from those early…

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