All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Privacy’

Regulators Probe Facebook’s Emotion Experiment

An experiment Facebook conducted with some of its users two years ago has been getting a lot of negative attention in recent days after a paper about it was published. The company basically took about 700,000 users, and tested the effects of showing them more positive or more negative posts in their News Feeds. The goal was to see how …

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Actually, Facebook Changed Its Terms To Cover That Experiment After It Was Over

The plot thickens. As you may know, it has come to light that Facebook ran an experiment with nearly 700,000 users in 2012, showing how it could manipulate emotions by showing users more positive or negative content in their News Feeds. As some have pointed out, Facebook’s terms say it can use users’ info “for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data …

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Facebook Fights ‘Unprecedented’ Data Grab

Facebook says that they are currently fighting a “set of sweeping search warrants” in an effort to protect their users’ information – and so far it’s a fight that they’ve been losing. “Since last summer, we’ve been fighting hard against a set of sweeping search warrants issued by a court in New York that demanded we turn over nearly all …

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Facebook Says It’s ‘Not Always Listening’ as Petition Against New Feature Nears 600,000 Signatures

A lot of people, both Facebook users and otherwise, don’t really trust Facebook. So, when Facebook announced a new feature that can passively listen to users’ background activity in order to easily identify songs, TV shows, and movies for status-sharing purposes, it wasn’t surprising when it struck people as a bit creepy. Or as one petition put it, a “massive …

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Hundreds of Thousands Petition Facebook to Abandon Creepy Passive Listening Feature

Given the fact that a large amount of people–users and non-users alike–have a severe distrust of Facebook and their intentions, it’s not that surprising that hundreds of thousands of people have already signed a petition asking that the largest social network in the world please kindly refrain from listening to users’ conversations. Ok, that might be a little misleading. What …

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Facebook Privacy Default Now ‘Friends’ for New Users, the Rest of Us Get the Privacy Dinosaur

Facebook has just announced a small change to new user privacy and an new initiative for old user privacy that at its core, wants to make sure that people are sharing everything with the correct audience. You know, like only telling your friends that you’ll be out of town all weekend, not the general public. If you are 18 years …

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Post Snowden, Tech Companies Are Much More Transparent and Protective of User Privacy

In May of 2013, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published their third-ever “Who Has Your Back” report, which looks at major tech companies and how they stack up when it comes to protecting user data and privacy. In the six criteria the EFF uses to judge each company, only two received perfect six-star ratings. Many top companies, like Apple and Yahoo, …

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Google Glass Champion Has Realization at Skrillex Show

Sudden clarity Robert Scoble had a realization at a Skrillex show recently. Robert Scoble was at a Skrillex show? Yes, it was Coachella. Oh, ok. Proceed. Google has a serious problem when it comes to Google Glass. Check out his musings: Post by Robert Scoble. Let’s all remember that Robert Scoble was one of Google Glass’ early adopters and champions. …

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FTC to Facebook: Don’t Screw with User Privacy After WhatsApp Acquisition

Today, Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan and WhatsApp General Counsel Anne Hoge received a diplomatic, but pointed letter from Jessica Rich, the Federal Trade Commussion’s Bureau of Consumer Protection head. And the TL;DR version is this: don’t screw with user privacy when this acquisition goes through (and if you do, you have to let them know and make it …

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Utah Revenge Porn Ban Signed into Law

Utah has just become the latest state to pass laws specifically banning “distributing intimate images of a person without that person’s permission.” These bills are generally drafted to tackle so-called revenge porn. Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the bill, HB71, into law on Monday. The bill passed both state legislatures last month. It modifies existing Utah criminal code to make …

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Obama’s NSA Overhaul: Worth a Damn?

After an outpouring of outrage from Americans about their loss of privacy, President Obama is calling on the NSA to change how it does business. The question is, “Will this make any real difference?” At the heart of most of the debate about the NSA’s bulk phone data collection practices is something called “metadata”. Essentially, this is information commonly collected …

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School Will Pay for Violating Teen’s Rights over Facebook Posts

The ACLU is declaring victory in a lawsuit against the Minnewaska, Minnesota School District–one that could have implications in how schools construct privacy policies around students and their off-campus social media use. The story focuses on Riley Stratton, who the ACLU claimed had her First and Fourth Amendment rights violated on two separate occasions. In 2011, the then sixth-grader took …

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