As online depression test websites leak answers and test results with third parties for advertising purposes, something has clearly gone wrong with European data protection.Read More
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before members of Congress. Many expected a thorough grilling of the social network’s founder. Instead, we got a bunch of old people who didn’t know a single thing about the internet.Read More
UK Government have been forced to change their controversial mass digital surveillance regime, as Appeal court judges have ruled the snooper’s charter unlawful.Read More
Don’t condemn Snapchat as a ‘child tracking’ privacy threat for introducing Snap Map – blame the parents for not being educated on what their children are using.Read More
Actor Aaron paul, who plays Jesse in Breaking Bad, asked his Twitter followers to let him know any thoughts on the recent episode by saying “Let me talk you thru it. Number, please.” With this has come a brilliant prank by ZeoStorm, and a lesson to everyone: don't post personal info online, even if an actor tells you to.
Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that users' Facebook 'Likes' can accurately predict private personality traits, including sexual orientation, religious beliefs and intelligence.
Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team used a set of algorithms on 58,000 volunteers to predict religion, politics, race and sexual orientation. The eerily accurate personality profiles made should "ring alarm bells" for users, privacy campaigners said.
Having already introduced changes to Facebook Chat that sees users informed when a message has been seen by a recipient – to the chagrin of avoidant types – now Facebook has announced an overhaul to Groups which allows users to identify exactly who and who has not seen certain posts. Were the company to roll out the feature to the rest of the site, could Facebook ‘stalking’ soon be a thing of the past?
Privacy concerns have always been rather synonymous with the social era of the internet, and the rather appropriately named WeKnowWhatYoureDoing.com is probably not going to help the situation. Revealing Facebook statuses from random people are collected and publicly displayed for the world to see.
A house in Australia has been burgled in response to a 17-year-old girl posting a photo of "a large sum of cash" on her Facebook account.
The Information Commissioner's Office has sent out a warning to employers in the UK, claiming it would have "very serious concerns" if they were to ask their existing or would-be employees for Facebook login credentials.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has posted a blog in response to the recent agreement that has been settled with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over privacy concerns.
The social network agreed to settle charges made by the FTC claiming they "deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public." In light of this, a formalizing of its privacy strategy is in hand, along with a complete review and improvements to the service as per what has been agreed.
Ever had those random adds from attractive (or extremely photoshopped) ladies wearing next to nothing, who have an extremely bare profile and don't talk to you? Chances are that's a Socialbot, and as researchers from the University of British Columbia have concluded, they prove extremely effective at infiltrating Facebook's circles of friends and harvesting data.
Scenario: it's 3am, you're drunk and home, trying to login to Facebook. After failing too many times you're logged out and your friends each get security codes that they can all collect together to access your Facebook...Maybe I'm just hanging around with the wrong friends; but that sort of scenario would be just too irresistable.
The words 'Facebook' and 'Privacy' cancel each other out, regardless of the myriad of Privacy controls the social network shows to you.
The fundamentals of the service are based around sharing information about you, and no string of content controlling options can stop that data getting out. If anything, they're adding a glaze to this bleak reality by adding the Timeline functionality.