Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook Is Preparing To Fight New California Privacy Law

Facebook Is Preparing To Fight New California Privacy Law

The state of California recently passed a sweeping new privacy law that offers stronger data protections for its residents. However, Facebook is not changing its web tracking practices in response to it, and is telling its advertisers that it’s exempt from the terms. Under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which went into effect January…

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Facebook Wants You To Share Your Personal Healthcare Data

Facebook Wants You To Share Your Personal Healthcare Data

Last fall, Facebook announced that it was making a push into the healthcare industry, allowing users to opt into checkup reminders and personalized preventative healthcare recommendations. Of course, these tools could only provide information to users if they first gave Facebook their data. And as the Preventative Health feature rolls out across the platform, many…

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Tech Exec Slams Facebook, Says It’s The “New Cigarettes For Our Society”

Tech Exec Slams Facebook, Says It’s The “New Cigarettes For Our Society”

It’s sad but true: Facebook has proven time and time again that it cannot be trusted to handle its own data and privacy problems. Even the company seems to know it, setting up its own independent “supreme court” oversight board. And that’s why, over the past year, the social media giant has faced increasing pressure…

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Facebook Obtains Patent To Track Users’ TV Habits With Microphones And Cameras

Facebook Obtains Patent To Track Users’ TV Habits With Microphones And Cameras

In recent years, Facebook has landed in hot water for a variety of data and privacy missteps, from the Cambridge Analytica scandal to the revelation last week that 267 million users had their phone numbers exposed online. In every one of these scandals, the common thread is that Facebook knows far too much about us…

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Facebook Took Down Network Of Accounts With Fake AI-Generated Profile Pics

Facebook Took Down Network Of Accounts With Fake AI-Generated Profile Pics

On Friday, Facebook announced that it removed a network of more than 900 phony accounts, pages and groups that used deceptive practices to spread politically polarizing spam across the platform. Most notably, some of these accounts featured profile photos of fake faces generated using artificial intelligence. According to WIRED, it could represent the first-ever large-scale…

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Facebook Will Stop Using Phone Numbers To Recommend Friends As Part Of Privacy Overhaul

Facebook Will Stop Using Phone Numbers To Recommend Friends As Part Of Privacy Overhaul

Facebook landed in hot water again this week after it was revealed that tens of millions of users had their phone numbers exposed online in an unsecure database. However, the company also announced a major privacy overhaul that will see it stop feeding user phone numbers into its “people you may know” feature. According to…

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Researchers: 267 Million Facebook Users Had Their Info Exposed Online

Researchers: 267 Million Facebook Users Had Their Info Exposed Online

It looks like Facebook couldn’t make it to the end of the year without at least one more privacy scandal. According to security researchers, more than 267 million Facebook users had their personal information exposed in a database online that anyone could access. Some of the data that could be found included names, phone numbers…

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The Facebook ‘Like’ Button Is A “Sinister” Method Of Gathering Our Data

The Facebook ‘Like’ Button Is A “Sinister” Method Of Gathering Our Data

As the decade comes to a close, Facebook finds itself in a precarious position. It has been the subject of virtually endless privacy controversies over the past ten years, and public trust in the company has plummeted after the full extent of its lapses have come to light. However, perhaps the most consequential move Facebook…

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Facebook Tries And Fails To Explain Why It Needs To Track User Locations At All Times

Facebook Tries And Fails To Explain Why It Needs To Track User Locations At All Times

Last month, two prominent U.S. lawmakers pressed Facebook to explain why it tracks users’ locations even when they elect to disable location tracking. The social media giant finally got around to submitting a response this week — though neither of the lawmakers in question are remotely satisfied with the answer. In several eye-opening admissions, Facebook…

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Facebook Says It’s Ready For New California Privacy Law

Facebook Says It’s Ready For New California Privacy Law

On January 1, 2020, the state of California will roll out the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) — a sweeping new privacy bill that will give Californians the right to ask businesses to disclose what they’re doing with user data. Of course, this will have a massive effect on tech companies like Facebook that have…

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