Posts Tagged ‘data’

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Facebook reportedly gave tech giants access to users’ private messages

Facebook gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read users’ private messages. They allowed Microsoft’s search engine Bing to see the names of Facebook users’ friends without permission, and they let Amazon find users’ names and contact information through their friends on the platform, according to the report.

Facebook gave access to user data to about 150 companies in all, including banks, tech companies, retailers and media organization, the Times reported.

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Documents Show Facebook Has Never Deserved Your Trust

Facebook Messenger’s sneaky logging of Android users’ phone call and text message histories. When a user discovered what Messenger was doing this past spring, it caused public outrage right on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica news. Facebook responded with a “fact check” press release insisting that Messenger had never collected such data without clear user permission.

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DOJ demands Facebook information from ‘anti-administration activists’

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Quartz has a decent investigation of what’s happening at the southern border.

Data show taking US immigrant kids from their parents is ridiculous

Asked about the logic behind the policy this week, a DHS official also emphasized the “welfare of the children” to Quartz:

When dealing with families that cross the border, our primary responsibility is to ensure the welfare of the children. Unfortunately, we continue to see too many cases of children being used by smugglers, traffickers, and TCOs [transnational criminal organizations] in an attempt to circumvent our laws and gain entry.

Yet statistics from the department itself show how incredibly rare that situation is. In fiscal year 2017, there were just 46 cases of an immigrant coming across the US’s southern border who fraudulently claimed a child was theirs, DHS told Quartz, out of a total of 303,916 apprehensions. That means the situation happens in 0.015% of all cases.

In the first six months of fiscal 2018, there have been 191 cases of an immigrant fraudulently claiming a child was theirs, DHS says, out of 211,821 apprehensions. That’s 0.09% of all cases.

On the other hand, out of the more than 7,635 “unaccompanied alien children” that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has referred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement in recent years, the government doesn’t know where 1,475 of them are, an ORR official said in April. That means the US has lost 19.3% of all immigrant kids it is in charge of.

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The Supreme Court’s Groundbreaking Privacy Victory for the Digital Age

Facebook Data Harvesting

Posted: March 20, 2018 in -
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Hundreds of millions of Facebook users are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as the firm that collected data and passed it on to Cambridge Analytica, according to a new whistleblower.

“My concerns were that all of the data that left Facebook servers to developers could not be monitored by Facebook, so we had no idea what developers were doing with the data,” he said.

‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine

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