Tag: Privacy

Facebook Fallout Ruptures Democrats’ Longtime Alliance With Silicon Valley

The alliance between Democrats and Silicon Valley has buckled and bent this year amid revelations that platforms like Facebook and Twitter allowed hateful speech, Russian propaganda and conservative-leaning “fake news” to flourish. But those tensions burst into open warfare this past week after revelations that Facebook executives had withheld evidence […]

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‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ So Say Some Computer Science Students.

BERKELEY, Calif. — A job at Facebook sounds pretty plum. The interns make around $8,000 a month and an entry-level software engineer makes about $140,000 a year. The food is free. There’s a walking trail with indigenous plants and a juice bar. But the tone among highly sought-after computer scientists […]

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Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

Sheryl Sandberg was seething. Inside Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, top executives gathered in the glass-walled conference room of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. It was September 2017, more than a year after Facebook engineers discovered suspicious Russia-linked activity on its site, an early warning of the Kremlin campaign to disrupt […]

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NYT: Chinese and Russian spies routinely eavesdrop on Trump’s iPhone calls

Enlarge / An Apple iPhone lock screen is seen in this photo illustration on September 24, 2018. reader comments 1 Share this story Chinese and Russian spies routinely eavesdrop on personal phone calls President Trump makes on his iPhones, one of which is no different from the smartphone millions of other people use. The US […]

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Google now brings privacy controls to apps, no need to visit Google Account page

Google announced more accessible privacy controls built into Search instead of making you access your Google Account page. The controls let you control the ads you see, review and delete your search history, and more. The new controls will also make their way to Google Maps and other Google products. With all the criticisms Google […]

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Tim Cook calls for strong US privacy law, rips “data-industrial complex”

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) in Brussels. reader comments 13 Share this story Apple CEO Tim Cook today called on the US government to pass “a comprehensive federal privacy law,” saying that tech companies that collect wide swaths of user data are […]

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Study: Tracking of personal data by third-party apps is getting out of control

Not that something like this should really come as a surprise anymore, but chances are that Google and, to a lesser extent, Facebook are either accessing or able to access a flow of data about you courtesy of your favorite smartphone app. Data about you that you didn’t necessarily realize such third-party apps were making […]

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Equifax web engineer gets 8 months of house arrest for $75,000 in insider trading

An internet engineer at Equifax who coded parts of a breach portal for the credit agency has been sentenced to 8 months of house arrest for insider trading. He was convicted of using insider information about the Equifax breach to make more than $75,000. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu, […]

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Facebook hackers stole locations and other private data for millions of users

reader comments 1 Share this story The attackers who carried out the mass hack that Facebook disclosed two weeks ago obtained user account data belonging to as many as 30 million users, the social network said on Friday. Some of that data—including phone numbers, email addresses, birth dates, searches, location check-ins, and the types of […]

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App for UK Conservative Party conference exposes all attendees’ private info

The UK Conservative Party’s annual conference is about to kick off in Birmingham, and the Tories have distributed an app ahead of time to all attendees: senior ministers, government officials, members of the press, party members, and others. The app has a fatal design-flaw: anyone could login as any attendee, provided that you […]

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Facebook security flaw hits at least 50 million accounts

Facebook made an announcement today, but it wasn’t the fun kind. Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management at Facebook says that at least 50 million user accounts have been compromised by unknown parties. The social network is taking several steps to safeguard affected accounts, as well as other accounts that have questionable involvement. Facebook became […]

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Google, Amazon, Twitter, other Big Tech to Congress: New California data privacy rules too tough

Executives from Google, Twitter, AT&T, Amazon, Apple, and other big tech companies told a U.S. Senate panel today they support updating federal law to protect data privacy, but they want Congress to block California’s tough new privacy rules. The U.S. Commerce Department said earlier this week it is seeking comments on how to set nationwide […]

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