The Battle For Online Privacy is Just Beginning

The Battle For Online Privacy is Just Beginning

Apple announced its plans to force mobile advertising companies to require consent from the user before being tracked for ad targeting.This massive change was announced as part of Apple’s fresh initiative to push the iPhone and the Apple ‘ecosystem’ towards a more private experience, which saw widespread complaints from tech giants including Facebook, Snapchat, and game-development platform Unity.

EFF to First Circuit: Schools Should Not Be Policing Students’ Weekend Snapchat Posts

EFF to First Circuit: Schools Should Not Be Policing Students’ Weekend Snapchat Posts

EFF filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit urging the court to hold that under the First Amendment public schools may not punish students for their off-campus speech, including posting to social media while off campus.

Why you should care about privacy (even if no one else around you does)

Why you should care about privacy (even if no one else around you does)

They changed all of their passwords, email service, web browser, downloaded Signal, deleted Facebook and SnapChat, went and registered for a PO box, and shredded their credit cards all in the same week and are trying to cold turkey their way into privacy.

Quibi is Leaking Emails to Google, Snapchat and Twitter

Quibi is Leaking Emails to Google, Snapchat and Twitter

"In 2020, no new technology organizations should be launching that leaks all-new user-confirmed emails to advertising and analytics companies — yet that’s what Quibi apparently decided to do," wrote Edwards.

Snapchat parent kept Project Voldemort dossier on how Facebook thwarted competition--WSJ

Snapchat parent kept Project Voldemort dossier on how Facebook thwarted competition--WSJ

Snap's talks with the Federal Trade Commission are part of a larger probe into Facebook's business tactics, in which the FTC has made contact with dozens of tech executives and app developers.Facebook's stock slipped 0.1% in premarket trading while Snap shares fell 0.7%.

Instagram’s latest assault on Snapchat is a messaging app called Threads

Instagram’s latest assault on Snapchat is a messaging app called Threads

Threads, which is designed as a companion app to Instagram, invites users to automatically share their location, speed, and battery life with friends, along with more typical text, photo, and video messages using Instagram’s creative tools.

Useless Features Justify Data Collection

Useless Features Justify Data Collection

Snapchat currently handles permissions for your camera, contacts, location, microphone, phone app and storage in order to operate on Android. Now let's talk about Snap Map. Just like the useless feature Snapchat implemented just for filling in your phone number during sign up — this too justifies unnecessary data collection.

Snapchat Employees Used Internal Tools to Spy on Users

Snapchat Employees Used Internal Tools to Spy on Users

A detailed Motherboard report highlights how Snapchat employees have been using internal tools to access user data and spy on them. The report is based on the account of two former Snap employees, a current employee, and internal company emails.

Snapchat Employees Abused Data Access to Spy on Users

Snapchat Employees Abused Data Access to Spy on Users

Although Snap said it has several tools that the company uses to help with customer reports, comply with laws, and to enforce the network's terms and policies, employees have used data access processes for illegitimate reasons to spy on users, according to two former employees.

Opinion | It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

Opinion | It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

When it hasn’t acquired its way to dominance, Facebook has used its monopoly position to shut out competing companies or has copied their technology. And unlike Vine, Snapchat wasn’t interfacing with the Facebook ecosystem; there was no obvious way to handicap the company or shut it out.

Opinion | How Silicon Valley Puts the ‘Con’ in Consent

Opinion | How Silicon Valley Puts the ‘Con’ in Consent

The average person would have to spend 76 working days reading all of the digital privacy policies they agree to in the span of a year. Facebook advertised their app on services beloved by teens, like Snapchat and Instagram, seeking participants between the ages of 13 and 35.

Facebook paid teens to install an app to spy on their internet and phone use

Facebook paid teens to install an app to spy on their internet and phone use

SEE ALSO: Apple was warned of the FaceTime bug over a week ago Facebook recruited users aged 13-35 years old via beta testing services like Applause, BetaBound and uTest, with the latter company running ads for a "paid social media research study" on Instagram and Snapchat.

How Instagram hides behind Facebook – and rakes in billions

How Instagram hides behind Facebook – and rakes in billions

The app was growing quickly, becoming more relevant each day, eating into rival Snapchat’s audience and threatening Facebook itself – just a few reasons why the tech giant dished out 10 figures for a company with no revenue.