Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook Says Implementing Privacy Program Is Its Top Priority

Facebook Says Implementing Privacy Program Is Its Top Priority

Facebook has a well-earned reputation for failing to protect user privacy. However, according to CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s “top priority” is implementing an FTC-mandated privacy program to protect user data. Zuckerberg told Fox News in an interview that more than 1,000 employees will work on the program, originally ordered in 2012 after…

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Facebook Loses Another Battle In $35 Billion Face Data Lawsuit

Facebook Loses Another Battle In $35 Billion Face Data Lawsuit

Facebook has increasingly come under fire for its data collection practices, particularly as it relates to the company’s facial recognition tech. Now the social media giant lost another major battle this week in a $35 billion class action lawsuit that guarantees the case will go to trial unless the Supreme Court intervenes. The suit, which…

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New Proposed Privacy Law Could Threaten Mark Zuckerberg With Jail Time

New Proposed Privacy Law Could Threaten Mark Zuckerberg With Jail Time

Regulators around the world are becoming increasingly tired with Facebook’s privacy violations. Lawmakers have also felt more emboldened to take action against the social media giant — including U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, who introduced a sweeping new data privacy bill this week that features harsh penalties if Facebook fails to meet security standards. The bill,…

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E-Commerce Company Busted For Massive Facebook Scam

E-Commerce Company Busted For Massive Facebook Scam

If you’re even a casual Facebook user, you’re likely familiar with seeing scam ads. These clickbait-ridden links are all over the platform, making tens of millions of dollars per year by targeting older and less-savvy users. And according to a recent expose from Buzzfeed News, one of the largest purveyors of these ads has been…

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Report: Facebook Users Are Getting Locked Out For Reporting Scammers

Report: Facebook Users Are Getting Locked Out For Reporting Scammers

Facebook’s rules for content moderation are often confusing, and leave users grasping for answers when their posts get removed. But in the past several weeks, there is a particularly strong backlash happening on Twitter, with the hashtag “#FacebookLockout” gaining momentum. According to these users, they’re being punished by Facebook for doing what they’re supposed to…

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Lawmaker Expresses Concern That Facebook Has Been “Let Off The Hook” For Privacy Violations

Lawmaker Expresses Concern That Facebook Has Been “Let Off The Hook” For Privacy Violations

This past July, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled for $5 billion with Facebook over its numerous and repeated privacy violations. That’s by far the biggest fine ever levied against a tech company, though many experts at the time said it still didn’t go far enough to punish the company for its carelessness with user…

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Study: Most Americans Don’t Know Basic Digital Privacy Facts

Study: Most Americans Don’t Know Basic Digital Privacy Facts

Over the past several years, Facebook has introduced initiatives to better educate users about online privacy. This includes routine privacy check-ups, simpler settings and more. (Of course, the company only took these steps because of its own privacy foibles, but still.) However, according to the results of a new study from the Pew Research Center,…

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Prominent Privacy Entrepreneur Says He Has Removed All Images Of His Children From Facebook

Prominent Privacy Entrepreneur Says He Has Removed All Images Of His Children From Facebook

One of the smartest decisions Facebook ever made was to purchase Instagram for $1 billion in 2012. The social media giant recognized then that photos were going to be the future of its business. And that’s why the company makes it so simple for users to upload pics: Facebook can analyze them to gather a…

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U.S. Justice Department Pushes For “Lawful Access” To Users’ Facebook Messages

U.S. Justice Department Pushes For “Lawful Access” To Users’ Facebook Messages

This week, the U.S. Justice Department published an open letter to Facebook asking the social media giant to cancel its plans to fully encrypt its messaging services. Essentially, the government wants a legal backdoor to eavesdrop on any online communication it wants. According to the letter, signed by Attorney General William Barr and several other…

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FBI Says Facebook Encryption Would Be A “Dream Come True” For Child Predators

FBI Says Facebook Encryption Would Be A “Dream Come True” For Child Predators

When it comes to user privacy, Facebook’s reputation isn’t exactly sterling. That’s why the company has taken steps to protect people’s data — particularly through encryption. However, the fight over Facebook’s plan to encrypt its messaging escalated late last week, with FBI Director Christopher Wray saying the tech could be used to shelter child pornographers.…

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