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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.
As of January 16 next year Instagram will be changing their Terms & Conditions and for the first time you might really want to read them. The 2013 change gives the Facebook owned company a whole host more rights regarding what they can do with your content.
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.
How’s this for a sensationalist, videogame-bashing headline: ‘Xbox paedophile predators 'move in on prey within two minutes of contact’'? If there was ever a reason to cry fowl of the mainstream presses misunderstanding and vindication of gaming, it’s right here. London’s daily free-sheet Metro today brings alarmist reporting and misplaced fear-mongering to an all-new high, reporting ‘alarming findings’ that makes the paedophile population of Xbox Live sound like a feral pack of ferocious lions stalking their evening meal across the dusty plains of online lobbies, leaderboards and friends lists. An image used of the first-generation Xbox is the icing on the cake.
Google has begun asking customers to sign up for Google Wallet when they sign up for Gmail. The third step in signing up for the search titans email services is now entering credit card information for Google's payment processing service. A brave move considering a section of recent public opinion towards the company's farming of data and privacy concerns.
Microsoft is scheduled to run a series of newspaper adverts throughout this week, which exploit Google's recent privacy concerns surrounding it's universal policy update. It's set to run in papers such as Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and criticises the business for their purposes of using your data for advertisers' target market data, while promoting Microsoft's alternatives to the affected products.
In light of all the Carrier IQ controversies that have accrued since the software capabilities were exposed to the world, Congress has introduced a draft bill titled "The Mobile Device Privacy Act," which looks to disclose all details about tracking software like the aformentioned, and what information it will be taking.
Japanese game publisher Square Enix has admitted the personal details of over 1.8m North American and Japanese user accounts have been compromised in a recent security breach, the extent of which was first detailed on Wednesday.
If there's one photo out of a whole load you wouldn't want to appear in the public gaze, as the CEO of Facebook, it's probably you triumphantly brandishing a chicken. This was, unfortunately, the case for Mark as a short-lived Facebook bug meant users could see recently uploaded photos regardless of your settings surrounding privacy.
So this week's been pretty mighty in terms of the sheer amount of news we've had to write about, so allow us to condense it all into a handy set of links which will help navigate around the week's digest. There was McGruff the Crime Dog, Carrier IQ (mobile phone tracking), a little printer, an iPhone 4 mysteriously blowing up, Facebook receiving all kinds of privacy-related hell, and a urinal gaming system...honestly. Let's begin.
So one random friend request later, I can warn you about an Olla Condom promo campaign that sends users friend requests from their yet-to-be-born sons. Not only is it just downright creepy; but it's also a violation of Facebook policy.
Take a look at the promo video below, which does a much better job explaining the "Unexpected Babies" campaign launched by Brazillian Agency Age Isobar.
So masses of concern have amassed since the recent discovery about what Carrier IQ's smartphone diagnostic software actually records, and the fact it's on more than 141m handsets worldwide. UK mobile networks have been forceful in completely denying use of the software on their devices.
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.