Facebook App Is Secretly Accessing iPhone Users’ Camera

Facebook App Is Secretly Accessing iPhone Users’ Camera By Mac Slavo While unsuspecting iPhone users read their daily dose of mainstream media news, the Facebook app is secretly accessing the camera on their smartphones. But Facebook says not to worry: it’s only a bug… Users, however, are rightly concerned that Facebook is recording them as they use the app. Unlike on Apple’s computers, there is no indicator when an app is accessing the camera, so it is possible for an app to do so in secret, as reported by The…

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Facebook Communications Leaked Antitrust Behaviors, Admits 100 Developers Had Access To User Data

Facebook Communications Leaked Antitrust Behaviors, Admits 100 Developers Had Access To User Data By Aaron Kesel Facebook states that even after the company locked down its Groups’ application programming interface (API) last year, some app developers retained improper access to information about the site’s millions of members, according to a Facebook blog post. Facebook notes that roughly 100 developers might have accessed user information since Facebook changed its rules in April of 2018, and at least 11 of those devs accessed member data in the last 60 days. Facebook now…

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Facebook’s Social Media Council Leaves Key Questions Unanswered

Facebook’s Social Media Council Leaves Key Questions Unanswered By Corynne McSherry and Kit Walsh Facebook took big step forward this week in its march to create an “oversight board” to help vet its more controversial takedown decisions, publishing more details about how it will work. Both Facebook and its users will be able to refer cases to the Board to request its review. Is this big step a big deal for online speech? Maybe not, but it’s worth paying attention. A handful of tech companies govern a vast amount of…

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Smart TVs Caught Sending Sensitive User Data To Facebook And Netflix

Smart TVs Caught Sending Sensitive User Data To Facebook And Netflix By Tyler Durden A study by researchers from Northeastern University and Imperial College London found that many popular smart TV models, including models by Samsung and LG, as well as streaming dongles Roku and Amazon FireTV, are leaking sensitive user data to advertisers. The models listed above would share data like location and IP address with Netflix, Facebook and third-party advertisers, according to the FT. Just when social media companies were starting to modify their data collection practices to…

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“Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” Follows the Money On How Much Big Tech Spends for Political Influence

“Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” Follows the Money On How Much Big Tech Spends for Political Influence By B.N. Frank Big Tech is showering American elected officials with more money than ever before AND with more lobbyists. Public watchdog group, Public Citizen, has been tracking exactly how much Democrats and Republicans in various offices and agencies are receiving and why we should be concerned. Activist Post obviously isn’t the only source that has reported many times about issues with these particular companies having too much power at the public’s expense. …

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EU Antitrust Chief: “Google And Facebook Are Sucking Up Data From Every Corner”

EU Antitrust Chief: “Google And Facebook Are Sucking Up Data From Every Corner” By Tyler Durden This is the full transcript of speech delivered by Margrethe Vestager, the European Union Antitrust Chief, held at the Business Forum of the German Ambassadors’ Conference, Berlin, 27 August 2019: Ladies and gentlemen, It’s a great pleasure, and an honour, to be here with you today. I want to thank Heiko Maas for those kind words, and for inviting me to join you. I’m especially glad to have the chance to meet with you, who represent Germany’s…

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Facebook Paid Contractors Like Amazon And Apple To Listen To Your Conversations — Code Named PRISM

Facebook Paid Contractors Like Amazon And Apple To Listen To Your Conversations — Code Named PRISM By Aaron Kesel In another Facebook scandal of the year, the company has been accused of paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, Yahoo News reported. The work has rattled the contract employees, who are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained — only to transcribe it, said the people, who requested anonymity for fear of losing their jobs. They’re hearing…

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“Human Rights Activists” Celebrate Facebook-Twitter Censorship

“Human Rights Activists” Celebrate Facebook-Twitter Censorship Op-Ed by Joseph Thomas All Facebook and Twitter accounts associated with Bangkok-based geopolitical analyst Tony Cartalucci have been deleted. The extent to which both American-based tech companies went to target Cartalucci could be seen in a recent Reuters article reporting on it. Written by Thai Reuters correspondent Patpicha Tanakasempipat, the article titled, “Facebook removes fake accounts from Thailand, Russia, Ukraine, Honduras,” referred to the author claiming: The accounts removed in Thailand used “fictitious personas” to promote narratives about Thai politics, U.S.-China relations, protests in Hong…

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Fixed? The FTC Orders Facebook to Stop Using Your 2FA Number for Ads

Fixed? The FTC Orders Facebook to Stop Using Your 2FA Number for Ads By Gennie Gebhart Since academics and investigative journalists first reported last year that Facebook was using people’s two-factor authentication numbers and “shadow” contact information for targeted advertising, Facebook has shown little public interest in fixing this critical problem. Subsequent demands that Facebook stop all non-essential uses of these phone numbers, and public revelations that Facebook’s phone number abuse was even worse than initially reported, failed to move the company to action. Yesterday, rather than face a lawsuit…

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The FTC-Facebook Settlement Does Too Little to Protect Your Privacy

The FTC-Facebook Settlement Does Too Little to Protect Your Privacy By Adam Schwartz EFF is disappointed by the terms of the settlement agreement announced today between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Facebook. It is grossly inadequate to the task of protecting the privacy of technology users from Facebook’s surveillance-based system of social networking and targeted advertising. This settlement arises from the FTC’s 2012 settlement order against Facebook, concerning the company’s deceptive statements about user privacy. Facebook violated the 2012 FTC order through its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal,…

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