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Facebook tries to explain why companies could erase your messages

“In the past day, we’ve been accused of disclosing people’s private messages to partners without their knowledge,” Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships, said in a post on the company’s blog. “That’s not true — and we wanted to provide more facts about our messaging partnerships.”

The blog post — the second since The New York Times reported Tuesday that Facebook for many years gave more than 150 companies extensive access to personal data — focused narrowly on the contention in the Times report that emerged as the most controversial: that Facebook gave four companies access to read, write and delete users’ messages.

Full article: Facebook tries to explain why companies could erase your messages

Facebook let companies read and delete your private messages

“We don’t sell data to anyone,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Congress in April. What he didn’t mention is that Facebook gives data away via secret deals with some of Silicon Valley’s biggest players — often without consent, according to a New York Times investigation.

Based on hundreds of internal Facebook documents, the report provides an inside look at the intrusive access provided to select partners — including Netflix, Microsoft, Spotify, Amazon and Apple — by the social network.

Full article: Facebook let companies read and delete your private messages – VICE

5 Ways Facebook Shared Your Data

Facebook for years gave major tech companies, including Yahoo and Netflix, greater access to people’s data than it disclosed, a New York Times investigation found.

The partnerships helped Facebook draw new users, ramp up its advertising revenue and embed itself on sites across the web.

This is how some of the key deals worked.

Full article: 5 Ways Facebook Shared Your Data – The New York Times

Facebook Sued by District of Columbia Over Cambridge Analytica

The attorney general of the District of Columbia, Karl Racine, sued Facebook on Wednesday for allowing the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest the private data of tens of millions of the social network’s users.

It was a first step by a state attorney general to punish Facebook for privacy violations. “Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and how it was used,” Mr. Racine said in a statement.

Full article: Facebook Sued by District of Columbia Over Cambridge Analytica – The New York Times

Facebook’s privacy problems: a roundup

Facebook disclosed on Friday that a bug may have affected up to 6.8 million users, allowing app developers to see photos that users had uploaded but never posted – but this was hardly the first mea culpa the social media giant has had to send out regarding data and security as of late. Here’s a quick look at Facebook’s recent issues with user privacy.

Full article: Facebook’s privacy problems: a roundup | Technology | The Guardian

Facebook admits bug allowed apps to see hidden photos

Bug let developers access pictures people had uploaded but chosen not to post A Facebook bug let app developers see photos users had uploaded but never posted, the social network has disclosed.

For two weeks in September, an error in the way Facebook shares photos with third parties meant that apps could see not only photos users had posted on their newsfeed, but also pictures in other parts of the site – on Facebook Stories or Facebook’s Marketplace, for instance.

Full article: Facebook admits bug allowed apps to see hidden photos

Tech’s invasion of our privacy made us more paranoid in 2018

People are flocking to privacy tools online that block trackers following your every click, companies are hiring more privacy experts, and politicians are fighting for legislation to force companies to be more open about how they use your data.

While Cambridge Analytica was the biggest event, other privacy mistakes throughout the year continued to grow people’s concerns.

Full article: Tech’s invasion of our privacy made us more paranoid in 2018 – CNET

Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns

Social media users say they’re being burned by online advertisements spoiling “surprise” gifts by popping up in front of the intended recipient. That’s because of data collected through online tracking by companies like Google and Facebook.

Full article: Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns | CBC News

Cambridge Analytica Knew How You’d Vote If You Wore Wrangler

The whistle-blower behind the Cambridge Analytica revelations said the now-defunct data research firm used the fashion preferences of Facebook Inc. users to help develop the algorithms needed to target them with political messaging.

Sharing examples of the anonymized data for the first time, originally collected and used by Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie said people who displayed an interest in Abercrombie & Fitch tended on average to be less cautious and more liberal, and individuals who liked Wrangler were usually more conservative and more keen on “orderliness.”

Full article: Cambridge Analytica Knew How You’d Vote If You Wore Wrangler – Bloomberg

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