A lot has been written about Facebook over recent weeks, with the coverage reaching a crescendo early this week following Mark Zuckerberg’s ten hours of congressional testimony. But something has emerged that has given me pause. How do we consent to our data being shared?
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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.
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.
You can't stop Facebook from tracking everything you do on the social network (unless you delete your account, of course), but there is a way to stop it from tracking where you go once you leave the company's walled garden. All you need is Mozilla's new Firefox browser extension: Facebook Container.
In the midst of the current scandal rocking Facebook, many people are wondering whether they should stay on the social network and exactly what data Facebook has. It turns out, some of the information Facebook gathers is, frankly, quite scary.
I downloaded my Facebook history and was amazed, perhaps shocked is a better word, at what was in my profile - personal information that others thought was hidden. Here's how to access your full history and how to look through it.
It isn't quite #deleteFacebook, but there's also a growing movement to wipe Snapchat from smartphones. The company's poorly-received redesign, combined with an offensive ad that recently appeared in the app, have pushed more people to abandon Snapchat entirely - including your favourite celebrities.
Facebook's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week continues. Though the social network's "contact import" feature has been around for a very, very long time, you've probably forgotten about it. And if you want keep Facebook from filling in the gaps by collecting data about your friends from you - or worse, records of your call data - it's easy to shut your devices up.
The situation ahead of Facebook and it's billion plus users is unique. Never, in human history, has a private company had the responsibility to manage the personal data of such a vast and diverse group of people. It has given them massive power and, to head into comic-book territory, this has handed them huge responsibility.
However, it's a responsibility they have, on many occasions, failed to properly take. The Cambridge Analytica incident is the latest in a history of issues. And fixing the systemic issues the social network faces will take more than a wishy-washy statement by the founder and CEO.
Snapchat is rolling out a brand-new update that makes it even easier for your friends to find you on its "Snap Map". Even though you have to opt in for your Bitmoji to appear on the map, this is a great time to review your Snapchat privacy settings (and wave goodbye to the Snap Map, if you aren't interested).
Facebook is kind of a mess right now. And there are plenty of equally messy reaction pieces cajoling you and everyone you know, to delete your account in a massive middle finger to the web's prevailing social network. That's the easy take and, honestly, we've experienced this mob response before. Did you #DeleteFacebook then? Me neither.
Facebook is a great utility if you want to stay in touch with friends and family, share photos, and see what other people are up to in their lives. It’s free, of course, but that doesn’t mean it comes without a price. If you’re using Facebook, you’re giving the company a ton of information about yourself which it is selling to advertisers in one form or another.
With Facebook embroiled in a massive data harvesting and privacy abuse scandal, following the Cambridge Analytica revelations, now is a good time to revisit all your Facebook security settings and think about what you're sharing on the world's most dominant social network. Here's our guide to Facebook security and privacy.
Something odd happened when I checked my LinkedIn profile the other day. In the "People You May Know" section, I noticed a vaguely familiar face - it was someone I had met through online dating. We had gone on maybe two dates nearly two years ago, yet there she was, being suggested to me by LinkedIn's creepy algorithm. If this has ever happened to you, here's what you can do to stop it.