Loss of Privacy

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The MPs on the Science and Technology select committee called for the Government to draw up new guidelines for websites and apps explaining clearly how they use personal data, warning that laws will be needed if companies fail to comply.

The committee highlighted terms for Facebook Messenger’s mobile app, used by more than 200,000 million people a month, that means it can gain direct access to a mobile or tablet, including to take pictures or make videos, at any time without explicit confirmation from the owner.

The MP said that they should simplify the conditions of using their services, which are designed for US courts, because they are so impenetrable that “no reasonable person” can be expected to understand them.

Android users can try tinfoil as a workaround. It’s available at Google play.

More at The Telegraph.

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Facebook, just like any other “free” service, does have a cost, just not in dollars. In order to use their service, you allow them to use your private data.

And they’ve made a lot of money selling it: hundreds of millions of dollars each year. It’s only gone up by billions every year since they went public in 2012.

Facebook’s revenue comes from selling highly-targeted advertising directed at its users. They can charge a hefty fee to display ads because the advertisers can narrow down their target audience by age, gender, location, friends, likes and dislikes, and every other detail of your life you’ve told them about.

Try to navigate through the labyrinth of Facebook privacy settings, and you get the impression they don’t want to make it easy for you. Check out the guide below on how you can keep your data safe.

How to Stay Safe on Facebook - Via Who Is Hosting This: The Blog

Source: WhoIsHostingThis.com

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Facebook’s Privacy Checkup from Facebook on Vimeo.

For now, this is for desktop versions only. Facebook is looking for feedback from users before rolling out a mobile version, which it says make up 30 percent of its monthly users.

More at recode.

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Social media consultant Sarah Milston, who runs The Spark Mill, said the new changes with Facebook Messenger will affect users starting this week.

Milston said she has already received calls from clients and explained that those who choose to download the app are giving Facebook the right to access their cameras and microphones.

The app will also be able to access your contact list, and see your phone call log including who you called and how long the call lasted.

Downloading the app also gives permission for Facebook to send photos back and forth. Milston said that if you choose not to download it, it does mean you won’t be able to send messages through the Facebook application on your phone.

Snopes is already on the case on this one.

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This is not a new problem. It’s nearly two years old, but people really haven’t figured it out yet and still keep giving Facebook money for ads.

Several small businesses have weighed in with their opinion on reddit.

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