Clearly, the recent issues that Facebook has faced when it comes to privacy are affecting more than just the share price. According to reports, their new smart speaker, designed to rival those from Amazon, Google and Apple, has been pushed back from a mid-year release to October with the manufacturing volumes revised downwards by 20% this year. It seems they are anticipating a world that will be less friendly to the potential for Facebook to listen in on their private conversations.
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Next month, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in the European Union. This is probably the most comprehensive set of privacy protections for individuals and is accompanied by the strongest penalties on the planet. So, are we surprised that Facebook has reorganised things so 1.5 billion users, including Australians, will no longer be protected by these tougher regulations?
Here we go again. Radware's threat research group recently announced that more than 40,000 Facebook users were duped into downloading a "Relieve Stress Paint" application, via a crafty phishing email, that stole their login credentials and browser cookies while they pretend-painted in the app. Worse, the attack was clever enough to avoid being flagged by a typical antivirus app.
Pervasive as Facebook is, not everyone uses the social service. Maybe they hate social networking, or they're frustrated with Facebook's continual privacy "oopsies," or they're not technologically savvy. How can you share content outside of Facebook's (somewhat) walled garden?
If the last few weeks of Facebook scandals have revealed anything, it's that the social network already knows way too much about us. But in case you needed another reason to stop giving Facebook your personal info here's a good one: it could get your online accounts hacked.
After ten hours of testimony to representatives of the US Congress, and having his speaking notes "leaked", Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg can get back to business. But the last two days have proven one thing - the US government (and I suggest all governments) are clueless about what to do about a virtual country that has a population of about 2.2 billion people that is "governed" by a young man who has shown himself to be clueless about how to deal with the significant privacy issues his college-project-gone-wild has created.
Instagram is like that friend that tells you they'll be at the party and then they sort of just rock up late in the night unnoticed, while everyone is already off having their fun. Wanting to get in on the portrait mode phenomenon, they've just released a background-blurring mode they call Focus.
Here's how to get Instagram's new 'Focus' Feature.
Today the Wall Street Journal listed all the data Facebook can grab when you upload a photo, based on Facebook's privacy and data collection policies. The list illustrates what we've said before: Facebook doesn't need to spy on your through your microphone, because you already let it spy on everything else you do.
A lot of ink has been spilled discussing Facebook's recent woes and how they have abused the trust of their two billion members. But most of us either willingly or negligently hand over personal data to apps in a trade off between privacy and accessing apps, quizzes, content or other media that is distributed through Facebook. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has announced that he is leaving Facebook but that he would come back if he could pay for a more private Facebook experience.
Facebook's privacy settings and policies have taken a hammering over recent weeks. But it's now been revealed Facebook execs have been able to delete private messages. That means Mark Zuckerberg and some of his deputies can reach into your inbox and remove messages they've sent you. While the many says it's a way to protect the company from hacking, it's another example of Facebook's tone deafness when it comes to the privacy of their members.
Given events of recent weeks, it seems reasonable to try and pull all the latest Facebook snafus into one place. So, each week, we'll be bringing you the latest revelations that have come to light about Facebook's data collection, sharing and leaking.
Today, we're looking at the expanding breadth of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, how Facebook "spies" on your private messages and new revelations about healthcare data.
Maybe you bought a baby shower gift off an online registry. Or maybe you googled "ovulation calculator". Or maybe a bunch of your friends have infants and you liked one of their posts. Whatever the reason, your Facebook feed is now flooded with ads for pregnancy and baby products, and it is the worst.
Facebook has rolled out a number of changes to APIs used by developers for things like accessing events, group administration, page management and using Facebook for logging into to other apps and services. And while the changes are another step in the road to tying down rogue apps, it's not all smooth sailing.
Most people use their Facebook accounts to log into websites and apps on a regular basis, but after the company's recent privacy scandal, it's clear that doing so can put your personal data at risk. To its credit, Facebook has made it possible to delete those logins for years, but it was always a tedious one-at-a-time process - until now.
With all the security issues surrounding Facebook in recent weeks, we're all probably paying a bit more attention to what web services we use and how much information about us they have (and if you're not doing that, you should be).