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A U.S. civil rights lawyer says this is "massively illegal."
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"This is the closest we’ve come to a complete, ranked list of every interest on Facebook."
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It's not the first time Facebook has experimented on its users.
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At a time when most devices connect to the Internet, making it harder for intruders to gain access is essential. The number one way hackers access an online account is through stolen or misused credentials, according to the annual Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon.
Even if you get along great, are you ready for her to have a front row seat on your daily life? What will you do if you click "Confirm," and on a Sunday morning, while you are sipping your latté and looking at your news feed, she sends you a private message with an urgent issue? And what will happen if you "Delete request"?
Privacy commissioners regulate laws, they don't go on privacy witch hunts to make companies' lives difficult. There are lots of economic opportunities to do bad things, but society is at a shift where many people want to see the respectful thing done, and Facebook is not choosing the respectful thing here.
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Have you ever typed a post or comment into Facebook, realized it was too stupid or offensive, and decided not to post it? It looks like Facebook collected that thought anyway, warns an Irish tech con...
With the school year back in full swing, it's a great time to revisit a topic that affects students, parents and teachers equally: social media. While social media use continues to grow and becomes increasingly common place, it is nonetheless an area of contention, particularly when it comes to kids -- both in and outside of the classroom.
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The risk is, we don't know when Facebook, or any app, actually uses these permissions, and I don't think we want to find out after-the-fact that it's been recording me since I installed it, just to sell to advertisers. So until Google improves the Android architecture by allowing us more control over what permissions an app can access at any given time, it comes down to trust.
There's nothing wrong with raising concerns about respect for privacy with regard to certain commercial practices. But the quantity and quality of data collected, the use to which they are put, and the potential violations of respect for privacy have nothing in common with those of governments and their spy agencie
Facebook is a familiar tool that gives instant access for users to share their emotions, making it a natural place for mourners to gather virtually for group support. However, users could also inadvertently erode the memory of the dead person, altering an image he or she intentionally created.
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TORONTO - Facebook may be the world's biggest social network, and particularly popular in Canada, but there are still plenty of Canadian holdouts who refuse to join or have logged off permanently, sug...
If your kids see you jostling to get the best shot of the most mundane moments of life, just so that you can post a picture of it on your Instagram account, they'll follow suit. If you post inappropriate images or comments on social media, the will be seen by your children, guaranteed. Limit and moderate your own social media activity.
The war against gluten, the problem with bacon, teens and social media, a sad kid at the zoo and apple season all caught my attention this week.
It's a brave new world in which we're living and digital technology has upped the ante in the parenting realm. As parents of younger children as well as tweens and adolescents, we have to take the digital world seriously. Our children's safety is at stake.
Parents: Facebook is not in the business of raising my child, nor should you expect Facebook to raise yours.
It is not the responsibility of Twitter to make sure my child behaves well online -- it is my responsibility to make sure my child behaves in any environment. If we want major change, it will not come from laws or banning people from websites; it will come from parents, communities, and schools to engage in dialogue and education to raise children who have an understanding of digital citizenship and accountability for their online and offline actions, because accountability and respect still matter.
Facebook says a bug in its system led to users' contact information — such as email addresses or phone numbers — to be accessed by other users who either had some contact information about that person...
I get that kids need an outlet to vent. I get that kids need to be with others who understand what they're going through. But this world of social has created an environment that eventually strings them along a path to a point where the very information they created can be their greatest demise.
LONDON - Clicking those friendly blue "like" buttons strewn across the Web may be doing more than marking you as a fan of Coca-Cola or Lady Gaga.It could out you as gay.It might reveal how you vote.It...
In this era of Big Data, three visions of the future of the Internet have crystallized. Depending on which vision emerges as correct will impact knowledge-generation forever. There's the Zuckerberg Vision, the Tim Berners-Lee Vision and the Jimmy Wales Vision.
Facebook has forever changed the way we talk, share, court, and even think. Yet it is also irritating, over-stimulating, and campy -- invasive, censored, and exploitative. And above all, its users are starting to show signs of Facebook fatigue. The collapse probably won't happen any time soon, but it will happen -- nothing can rule the World Wide Web forever.
With the U.S. election campaign well underway, this week's Facebook flap about privacy brings back memories of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan's famous phrase addressed to his political opponents:...
Today my usual Facebook eye-roll was substituted for gut-wrenching panic as I read status updates linking news reports that my private messages from 2009 and earlier might have been posted to my public timeline. I joined Facebook in my first year of undergrad at McGill University. It was an innovative tool; it was a new and fun way to keep in touch with friends who were away for university. Now, however, Facebook has morphed into a site nearly unrecognizable from the website that helped me find much needed Molecular Biology notes.
Today I deactivated my Facebook account. The news that a potential privacy breach on the popular social media website saw old but private messages posted on users' timelines sent sheer panic through my colleagues' eyes. Everyone dropped what they were doing to make sure their lives -- and perhaps secrets -- were protected. I was one of them.
Facebook appears to have a bug that is causing private messages users sent — some years ago — to appear on their public timeline. Facebook users at The Huffington Post noticed the phenomenon on Monday...
Facebook's profits are tied to a morally questionable business model; one that is addictive, and insidious for users. For all the good that Zuckerberg's company has done for reconnecting people, and letting them communicate with one another, Facebook exists to extract from those relationships the secrets of what makes us tick consumers.
TORONTO - More than 50 per cent of the Canadian parents surveyed for a study on online safety admitted they secretly access their teenager's Facebook account.According to a survey conducted in 11 coun...
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TORONTO - A troubling trend in the U.S. job market has seen applicants crying foul over efforts to gain access to their social networks and legislators hastening to protect them from such measures, bu...
Comedian Ron James has his own Facebook page, but you wouldn't say he's a HUGE fan of the social network. In this biting piece of standup on privacy rights and personal freedoms, James sets his sights...
Free markets provide their own checks and balances, especially when hundreds of potential competitors are lurking. Any private supplier can only use or request information from his customers up to the point where the marginal benefit for him stops outweighing the cost of bad publicity and the loss of unhappy customers.
OTTAWA - Text messaging may help quiet the hum of public cellphone conversations — but it may be just as vulnerable to eavesdropping.Canada's privacy commissioner says Canadians aren't doing enough to...