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Latest update to Privacy Badger brings a new onboarding process and other improvements

“The new onboarding process will make Privacy Badger easier to use and understand. These latest changes are just some of the many improvements EFF has made to the project, with more to come! Privacy Badger was created with the objective of protecting users from third-party tracking across the web—all users. To do this, Privacy Badger… Continue Reading

The Personality Traits That Put You At Risk For Smartphone Addiction

Washington Post: “When the Trump-affiliated firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data on tens of millions of Facebook users, it used the “Big 5” or “Five Factor Model” personality test to target them with ads designed to influence their votes in the 2016 election. The test scores people on five traits — openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and… Continue Reading

Zuckerberg denies knowledge of Facebook shadow profiles

TechCrunch: “The fact that Facebook probably has a profile of you whether you’re a Facebook user or not might come as a surprise to some users, though today even the company’s chief executive denied knowledge of the practice — or at least the term used to describe it. In the [April 11, 2018] hearing with… Continue Reading

5 facts about Americans and Facebook

“Facebook is in the national spotlight this week as its co-founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, testifies before Congress. Zuckerberg is expected to face questions from lawmakers over the company’s recent disclosure that data on up to 87 million of its users may have been improperly shared with a political consulting firm during the 2016… Continue Reading

Major web browsers will support web-based fingerprint, facial authentication

“The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the entity that maintains the standards used across the internet, said on Monday, April 9, that Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla signed on to support web-based technology for biometric authentication. In other words, Chrome, Edge, and Firefox will soon support signing into online accounts using fingerprint scanners, voice authentication, facial recognition,… Continue Reading

Google Phone app gaining direct-to-voicemail spam filtering

9to5google: “The Google Phone app received a major update in February that added a convenient chat head for quick in-call controls. In the coming weeks, the default dialer for Pixel, Nexus, and Android One devices is adding spam filtering, with a new beta program to try the feature out now. In 2016, the app began… Continue Reading

Keyword searchable transcript of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Hearing on Data Privacy and Protection

C-SPAN video and keyword searchable text – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Hearing on Data Privacy and Protection. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, testified before a joint hearing by the Senate Judiciary & Commerce Committees on access to user’s data, April 12,10, 2018. See also – Transcript via Bloomberg Government available on the Wasington Post… Continue Reading

Matt Taibbi – Can We Be Saved From Facebook?

Rolling Stone: “The social media giant has swallowed up the free press, become an unstoppable private spying operation and undermined democracy. Is it too late to stop it? “We shouldn’t be asking Facebook to fix the problem. We should be fixing Facebook. It’s our collective misfortune that this perhaps silliest-in-history supercorporation – a tossed-off hookup… Continue Reading

Advocates Say Google’s YouTube Violates Federal Children’s Privacy Law

“Today, CCFC and the Center for Digital Democracy took a groundbreaking step to protect children’s privacy: We filed a Federal Trade Commission Complaint detailing how Google is breaking the law by collecting personal data from children on YouTube without parental consent. Our landmark complaint is supported by a coalition of 23 consumer and privacy groups.… Continue Reading

UK, Australia investigating Facebook amid Cambridge Analytica data scandal

ABC News: “Both the United Kingdom and Australia said Thursday that they have opened formal investigations into Facebook amid allegations that their citizens’ data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. The Information Commissioner’s Office in the U.K. is “looking at how data was collected from a third party app on Facebook and shared with Cambridge… Continue Reading

Practical Approaches to Big Data Privacy Over Time

“The Berkman Klein Center is pleased to announce a new publication from the Privacy Tools project, authored by a multidisciplinary group of project collaborators from the Berkman Klein Center and the Program on Information Science at MIT Libraries. This article, titled “Practical approaches to big data privacy over time,” analyzes how privacy risks multiply as… Continue Reading

Infographic identifies worst rated countries for internet surveillance

betanews: “…Consumer security site Security Baron has created an infographic showing the best and worst, along with those named by Reporters Without Borders as, ‘enemies of the internet’. There are many results you might expect, China, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia being on the list of ‘pervasive’ sensors for example. Russia, Burma and Pakistan among others… Continue Reading