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Facebook Is Paying Users To Let Them Track Their Phone Usage....Again

Facebook wants to pay users in exchange for tracking their data. The company released a new, invite-only app called Study as part of its Facebook Study Program to consensually collect information on users’ phone habits. Study will only be available to Android users and will track everything from the amount of time users spend in apps, to their locations and which apps they are using. Facebook will not have access to user messages, photos, IDs and passwords. The company said it wants to collect data to “helps us learn which apps people value and how they’re used,” and to figure out how to improve its products. Facebook also ensures that it will not sell the information to third-parties. Users will have to verify their age and PayPal accounts to be a part of the study. The company is using PayPal as its payment method, which is why it is asking for those accounts to be verified. The program comes after another notable scandal that landed Facebook in hot water. Earlier this year,...

Jun 12, 2019

NAACP Calls For Boycott Of All Facebook Properties, Returns Donation

After a series of hacks that impacted millions of users, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is calling for a one-week protest against Facebook. The organization is encouraging its members and partners to log out of Facebook on Tuesday to protest multiple data breaches on the platform that targeted African American users specifically. The NAACP is using the hashtag #LogOutFacebook on platforms like Twitter for visibility. “We recognize that Facebook is now a mainstay in communication,” NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson told AfroTech. “We want this protest to be a dialogue that escalates into action [from Facebook].” The NAACP also wants users to sign out of WhatsApp and Instagram, Facebook’s other properties; however, the protest does not include Twitter, which was also used in Russian election interference efforts. According to the New York Times , Russia’s 2017 efforts focused heavily on Instagram as the platform gained more popularity and...

Dec 18, 2018

Facebook Said It Gave a Third Party App Too Much Access To User Photos

Another day, another bug reported from Facebook. On Friday, the social platform said that it discovered a bug in its photo application programming interface (API) that allowed third-party apps to access a broader set of photos than usually permitted. Users who allowed third-party apps access to their photos may have been affected. The bug was caused by an error in a code update for the photo API and may have impacted up to 6.8 million users in total. Facebook said it immediately began investigating the issue. Once it was discovered and notified, the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) concluded the reportable breach under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The company said in a blog post that photo access was only available from September 13 to September 25, 2018. The bug also impacted photos that people uploaded to Facebook but chose not to post. “For example, if someone uploads a photo to Facebook but doesn’t finish posting it – maybe because they’ve lost reception...

Dec 14, 2018

Facebook May Be Headed for a $1.6 Billion Fine For Its Latest Data Breach

Facebook could face a $1.63 billion fine if it is found to have violated the General Data Protection Regulation following the company’s latest data breach that impacted more than 50 million users. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission told the Wall Street Journal that it is concerned that Facebook is unable to clarify the nature of the breach and how it is impacting users. “Since we’ve only just started our investigation, we have yet to determine whether these accounts were misused or any information accessed,” Facebook said in a blog post . “We also don’t know who’s behind these attacks or where they’re based.” Hackers utilized a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacts its “View As” feature. Under GDPR, companies who do not work to protect user data must pay a maximum fine of €20 million or 4 percent of its worldwide annual revenue for the previous year, depending on which amount totals more. For the past year, Facebook has used multiple methods to regain the trust of its...

Oct 3, 2018