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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FBI to Ramp Up Surveillance of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

FBI to Ramp Up Surveillance of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram By Tyler Durden The FBI plans to step up its efforts to gather information from social media – issuing a call last week for a new tool to monitor Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms “in a timely fashion.” Citing the use of social media by terrorist groups, domestic threats, criminal organizations and foreign intelligence services, the FBI “needs near real time access to a full range of social media exchanges in order to obtain the most current information available,” according to the request…

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Facebook’s New Rules Allow Calls For “High-Severity Violence” Against “Dangerous Individuals”

Facebook’s New Rules Allow Calls For “High-Severity Violence” Against “Dangerous Individuals” By Chris Menahan Facebook banned Paul Joseph Watson, Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Louis Farrakhan and others earlier this year after defining them as “dangerous individuals” and now they’ve changed their rules to allow calls for violence against them. Facebook’s latest Community Standards update reads: Do not post: Threats that could lead to death (and other forms of high-severity violence) of any target(s) where threat is defined as any of the following: – Statements of intent to commit…

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Facebook to Hand Over Users’ Info to French Govt For “Hate Speech” Prosecutions

Facebook to Hand Over Users’ Info to French Govt For “Hate Speech” Prosecutions By Chris Menahan Facebook is going to work in concert with the government of France to rat out its own users so they can be prosecuted for “hate speech.” The move comes just three months after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged a “privacy-focused” overhaul of the social network. From Reuters, “In a world first, Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts”: In a world first, Facebook has agreed to hand over the identification…

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