WhatsApp users are really Facebook customers now – it's getting harder to forget that

WhatsApp users are really Facebook customers now – it's getting harder to forget that

WhatsApp is open about the changes, emphasising that the “key updates” affect how the company processes user data, and how businesses can use a new set of features that integrate WhatsApp’s shopping features with Facebook’s wider business.

US President Donald Trump Is Permanently Banned From Twitter For The Incitement Of Violence

US President Donald Trump Is Permanently Banned From Twitter For The Incitement Of Violence

Social media platform Twitter permanently banned the account of President Donald Trump on Friday following the unfortunate events that took place at the US Capitol on Wednesday.“As Twitter notes, letting Trump continue to post tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos for his white nationalist supporters risks ‘further incitement of violence,'” Naing said.

Intel Aiming to Bring Face ID-Like Authentication to ATMs, Gates, Door Locks, and More With 'RealSense ID'

Intel Aiming to Bring Face ID-Like Authentication to ATMs, Gates, Door Locks, and More With 'RealSense ID'

Intel says RealSense ID has built-in "anti-spoofing technology" to protect against false entry attempts using photographs, videos, or masks, resulting in a one in a million false acceptance rate.RealSense ID is only activated through user awareness and will not authenticate unless prompted by a pre-registered user, according to Intel.

Vienna Superior Court: Facebook can "bypass" GDPR consent, but must give access to data

Vienna Superior Court: Facebook can "bypass" GDPR consent, but must give access to data

This was clearly intended to circumvent the stricter data protection requirements demanded by EU lawmakers: Facebook users now have fewer rights under the GDPR than they did before under the old data protection law because, according to the Vienna Higher Regional Court, they have entered into a contract to receive personalized advertising.

As a result of Covid-19, virtual classrooms have become the norm for many: what are the privacy implications?

As a result of Covid-19, virtual classrooms have become the norm for many: what are the privacy implications?

Instead, universities should recognize that significant user issues tend to surface only after educators and students have used the platforms and create processes to collect those issues and have the software developers rapidly fix the problems.

Google, Facebook reportedly agreed to work together to fight antitrust probes

Google, Facebook reportedly agreed to work together to fight antitrust probes

The final version of the suit made public last week (PDF) alleged that Google and Facebook signed a secret agreement in 2018 that "fixes prices and allocates markets between Google and Facebook as competing bidders in the auctions for publishers' Web display and in-app advertising inventory.".

A Facebook bug exposed Instagram users’ personal email addresses and birthdays

A Facebook bug exposed Instagram users’ personal email addresses and birthdays

The experimental upgrade meant that if a Facebook business account was linked to Instagram and was included in the test group, the Business Suite tool would show additional information about a person alongside any direct message — including their supposedly private email address and birthday.

Facebook now warning users about impacts on ads due to new iOS 14 privacy features

Facebook now warning users about impacts on ads due to new iOS 14 privacy features

As noted by some users today and now confirmed by 9to5Mac, Facebook is now promoting banners on some of its iOS apps, once again criticizing Apple for the changes in App Store privacy guidelines.

Facebook will move UK users to US terms, avoiding EU privacy laws

Facebook will move UK users to US terms, avoiding EU privacy laws

Facebook’s UK users will remain subject to UK privacy law, which for now tracks the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Amazon faces a privacy backlash for its Sidewalk feature, which turns Alexa devices into neighborhood WiFi networks that owners have to opt out of

Amazon faces a privacy backlash for its Sidewalk feature, which turns Alexa devices into neighborhood WiFi networks that owners have to opt out of

Amazon customers are being automatically opted in to Sidewalk, a feature set to launch later this year that the company says will connect Alexa devices to nearby WiFi networks, even those owned by someone else.

Facebook fined in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

Facebook fined in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

When users were logged into other third-party apps using their Facebook accounts, their information and those of their friends was shared with the services they were using, the PIPC said.

Tesla Hacked and Stolen Again Using Key Fob

Tesla Hacked and Stolen Again Using Key Fob

The key fob for the Model X key uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to interface with a smartphone app to allow for keyless entry, which is where the vulnerabilities lie, researchers said in a press release published online about the hack.

Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

The so-called "smart streetlights" were originally approved as an initiative to monitor and mitigate traffic, but quietly became a crime-solving tool for local police and faced public outcry from privacy-concerned residents.Last week, the San Diego city council unanimously passed two privacy ordinances aimed at providing transparency into the use of surveillance tech by police.

How can “interoperability” strengthen our choices and privacy online?

How can “interoperability” strengthen our choices and privacy online?

An equivalent technical interoperability requirement for the largest social media and messaging platforms would enable interconnection between very large services (such as Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram) and services run by other organisations and even individuals that wish to.

Facebook reports a decline in users in the U.S. and Canada

Facebook reports a decline in users in the U.S. and Canada

This metric is used to measure Facebook's total user base across its main app, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. The StopHateForProfit ad boycott did not seem to impact the company's advertising business, with ad revenue up 22% compared to a year ago.

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly signed off on a Facebook algorithm change that throttled traffic to progressive news sites — and one site says that quiet change cost them $400,000 to $600,000 a year

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly signed off on a Facebook algorithm change that throttled traffic to progressive news sites — and one site says that quiet change cost them $400,000 to $600,000 a year

Mark Zuckerberg signed off on a Facebook algorithm change in 2017 that throttled traffic to progressive news sites, costing journalism outlet Mother Jones hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal and comments by Mother Jones senior staff published Friday.

Facebook is a social network monopoly that buys, copies or kills competitors, antitrust committee finds

Facebook is a social network monopoly that buys, copies or kills competitors, antitrust committee finds

Among the findings was a 2018 internal company document titled the Cunningham Memo in which Facebook Senior Data Scientist Thomas Cunningham informed CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Vice President of Growth Javier Olivan that Instagram could hit a "tipping point" where its growth could ultimately come at the expense of all users leaving Facebook's blue app.

Urbit for Normies

Urbit for Normies

Inside will be a super clean interface with all the functionality you might want from your computer, in one place and with one login (think document creation, email, social media access, accounting) — but it will run on your virtual Urbit computer, so it will be safe from corporate prying and data leaks, available on any device, and all inside one simple interface.

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

The Trump campaign was working to suppress “idealistic white liberals, young women, and African Americans,” and they’d be doing it with targeted, “dark” Facebook ads.“I wouldn’t have come aboard, even for Trump, if I hadn’t known they were building this massive Facebook and data engine,” Bannon told them.

Drones, fever goggles, arrests: millions in Asia face 'extreme' Covid surveillance

Drones, fever goggles, arrests: millions in Asia face 'extreme' Covid surveillance

Other countries named in the report include Pakistan – ranked fourth highest in the risk analysis – where a “secretive militant-tracking surveillance system is being used to monitor coronavirus patients”.“Countries like China and Cambodia don’t need a reason to up their surveillance but Covid has accelerated the pace at which these types of technology can be abused,” says Sofia Nazalya, a senior human rights analyst at Verisk Maplecroft.

Facebook merges Messenger chat service with Instagram

Facebook merges Messenger chat service with Instagram

Facebook said the new features would be rolled out in “a few countries” immediately, and “globally soon”.There is also no timescale for the most controversial plans announced in Zuckerberg’s March 2019 blogpost: the integration of WhatsApp with Facebook Messenger and Instagram, and the decision to turn on end-to-end encryption for all conversations on the three platforms.

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

In a court filing in Dublin, Facebook said that a decision by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) would force the company to pull up stakes and leave the 410 million people who use Facebook and photo-sharing service Instagram in the lurch.

YouTube faces £2.5BILLION legal battle for ‘breaching privacy of millions of British kids’

YouTube faces £2.5BILLION legal battle for ‘breaching privacy of millions of British kids’

He said: "It cannot be right that Google can take children’s private data without explicit permission and then sell it to advertisers to target children.The case will docus on children who watched YouTube since May 2018, when the Data Protection Act became law.

WhatsApp-tracking apps are letting people figure out when you're sleeping and whom you're likely talking to on the Facebook-owned app

WhatsApp-tracking apps are letting people figure out when you're sleeping and whom you're likely talking to on the Facebook-owned app

But the user data that the Facebook-owned messaging app shares publicly is allowing dozens of outside apps to track aspects of WhatsApp users' online activity — including whom they're likely talking to, when they're sleeping, and when they're using their devices.

Facebook suffers blow in Australia legal fight over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook suffers blow in Australia legal fight over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook has been dealt a blow in its fight to fend off Australian legal action surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, with the tech giant failing to convince the federal court it does not carry out business in Australia.

A fired Facebook employee wrote a scathing 6,600-word memo detailing the company's failures to stop political manipulation around the world

A fired Facebook employee wrote a scathing 6,600-word memo detailing the company's failures to stop political manipulation around the world

A recently fired Facebook employee wrote a memo on her last day at the company detailing how the tech giant routinely ignored or did not prioritize fake accounts' efforts to manipulate elections and political climates around the world, according to a Monday Buzzfeed report.

Youtube Faces UK Lawsuit Over Alleged Child Data Exploitation of Kids Under 13

Youtube Faces UK Lawsuit Over Alleged Child Data Exploitation of Kids Under 13

About five million British kids under 13 years old were allegedly exploited on Youtube, as per the class-action lawsuit filed against the video-sharing platform.McCann claims on the filing that Youtube allegedly breaches the privacy rights and data of their children users in the country.

Daring Fireball: Dickhead of the Week: Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri

Daring Fireball: Dickhead of the Week: Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri

This is Facebook’s political/PR strategy on this issue: (1) to ask everyone to ignore the plain truth that Apple’s changes to IDFA tracking are for exactly the reason Apple states: to give users control over their own privacy; and (2) to claim that Apple’s actions aren’t hurting Facebook but instead are hurting “small businesses”.

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't remove anti-vaccine posts despite Covid concerns

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't remove anti-vaccine posts despite Covid concerns

Parker Molloy, a writer and cultural critic at Media Matters for America, said Facebook had proved itself an echo chamber when it allowed hundreds of inaccurate ads funded by pro-Trump organizations.

Facebook halts Oculus Quest sales in Germany amid privacy concerns

Facebook halts Oculus Quest sales in Germany amid privacy concerns

Facebook's requirement that "the use of the headset should be linked to the establishment of a Facebook account" would seem to violate this coupling ban, HCDPFI said.

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