Internet Safety & Privacy

Report: Border Agents Are Checking Out Travelers’ Facebook Profiles

Report: Border Agents Are Checking Out Travelers’ Facebook Profiles

It’s no secret that the government uses Facebook as a tool to track and observe individuals. However, according to a recent report in The Verge, officials may be snooping on people who are traveling to the U.S. before they even arrive. Last week, a Harvard freshman from Lebanon found himself detained in the Boston airport…

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Facebook Wins Major Privacy Ruling In Europe

Facebook Wins Major Privacy Ruling In Europe

Facebook has long faced greater scrutiny in Europe than it does in the U.S. However, the social media giant scored a major victory against German regulators this week when a court ruled the company can combine the data it gathers about its users without their consent. The decision was reached when Facebook appealed an order…

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Facebook “Clear History” Tool Blocked By Sex Trafficking Case

Facebook “Clear History” Tool Blocked By Sex Trafficking Case

Facebook’s long-promised “clear history” tool hit yet another road block this week when a court in Texas ordered a temporary stop to its roll out. The judge issued the block at the request of a woman who has accused Facebook of not doing enough to prevent her from falling prey to sex traffickers as a…

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Experts Criticize New Facebook Privacy Tool For “Falling Short”

Experts Criticize New Facebook Privacy Tool For “Falling Short”

Earlier this week, Facebook began to roll out its long-awaited “Off-Facebook Activity” feature that allows users to see how the social media giant is tracking them around the web. Previously known as a “clear history” function, the new tool also gives users the ability to disconnect their Facebook account from their online browsing history so…

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Facebook Draws Criticism From Both Sides Of The Aisle Over Bias Report

Facebook Draws Criticism From Both Sides Of The Aisle Over Bias Report

For as long as it has existed, Facebook has been criticized for censoring speech on issues ranging from nudity to history to politics. The company took the allegations of political bias so seriously that it commissioned a report to determine whether it consciously or unconsciously censors conservative thought on the platform. But the company’s findings…

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Facebook Finally Launches “Clear History” Privacy Tool

Facebook Finally Launches “Clear History” Privacy Tool

After years of promises, Facebook has finally rolled out its “Clear History” feature that allows users to control the information Facebook gathers from activity around the web. The tool, which has been rebranded as “Off-Facebook Activity,” will display a summary of third-party websites that share your data with Facebook and give you the option to…

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Facebook Begins Rolling Out Privacy Pop-Up Cafes

Facebook Begins Rolling Out Privacy Pop-Up Cafes

Facebook’s reputation for privacy and data protection has taken some big hits in recent years. That’s why the social media giant has explored several initiatives to educate the public about how to better control their information. In the latest of these efforts, Facebook has created real-world, pop-up cafes where users can check their settings and…

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Lawsuit Alleges Facebook Failed To Notify Tens Of Millions Of Users About Data Breach

Lawsuit Alleges Facebook Failed To Notify Tens Of Millions Of Users About Data Breach

Facebook users filed a lawsuit against the social media giant this week alleging that the company failed to properly inform users about a data breach that affected tens of millions of accounts — the largest ever in the history of Facebook. According to the suit, the flaw was linked with the site’s single sign-on feature…

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Facebook Wants To Clean Up Private Groups

Facebook Wants To Clean Up Private Groups

Facebook announced this week that it will begin taking steps to ensure private groups cannot be used as safe havens for hate, violence or misinformation. The new settings are part of the social media giant’s Safe Communities initiative that it launched two years ago. “Being in a private group doesn’t mean that your actions should…

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The FBI Wants Unlimited Access To Facebook Data

The FBI Wants Unlimited Access To Facebook Data

After a spate of recent hate-driven shootings in the U.S., law enforcement officials are searching for a way to gather vast amounts of data from social media companies including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. The only problem is that this real-time surveillance goes directly against Facebook’s privacy policies — and many advocates are concerned that…

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