FTC must probe Facebook for Violating Children’s Privacy with Unfair and Deceptive Business Practices, Groups Urge

Internal Facebook documents released in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Center for Investigative Reporting reportedly revealed the company was knowingly tricking children into making in-game purchases and made refunds almost impossible to receive with a complicated bureaucratic process.

The details may be found at: http://alturl.com/hm78i.

WhatsApp Bug Lets iPhone Users Bypass New Privacy Controls

Here is still another reason to not use WhatsApp, a text messaging and voice calling service owned by the now infamous Facebook.

WhatsApp’s new privacy feature allows iPhone users to require Touch ID or Face ID — fingerprint or facial recognition — to open the app. Users are able to bypass those log-in methods by using the iPhone’s “share” function to send files over WhatsApp.

“We are aware of the issue and a fix will be available shortly. In the meantime, we recommend that people set the screen lock option to ‘immediately,’” a WhatsApp spokesperson said by email.

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British Parliament blasts Facebook over Data Privacy in Scathing Report

After 18 months investigating Facebook and online misinformation, a British parliamentary committee issued a scathing report today, accusing the company of breaking data privacy and competition laws and calling for new regulations to rein in the technology industry.

Repeated scandals involving Facebook and other tech companies demand more government oversight, the committee concluded, including laws making internet companies legally liable for content shared on their websites.

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Stop Repeating this Privacy Lie

Here is a quote from Zack Whittaker as published in the TechCrunch web site:

“Stop saying, ‘We take your privacy and security seriously.’”

Zack Whittaker says that in his years covering cybersecurity, there’s one variation of the same lie that floats above the rest: ‘We take your privacy and security seriously.’

“The truth is, most companies don’t care about the privacy or security of your data. They care about having to explain to their customers that their data was stolen. And when they use this line, it shows that they don’t know what to do next.”

Whittaker also writes:

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Will a Chromebook Computer Run My Favorite Programs?

I recently published an article (at https://wp.me/p5Z3-76Q) about an inexpensive Chromebook computer that is on sale right now. I have also published numerous articles in the past about Chromebooks. Every time I publish an article about Chromebooks, several people write and ask, “Will a Chromebook computer run my favorite program(s)?” I decided to answer here so that everyone can read my reply.

The short answer is: a Chromebook probably will not will run your favorite programs but thousands of Chromebook programs are available that probably will do the same thing that you are presently doing.

Even better, most of the Chromebook programs (or “apps”) are available free of charge.

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Hands on with the Unihertz Atom Tiny, Rugged 4G Phone

In the June 19, 2018 edition of this blog, I wrote about a new, tiny cell phone that was expected to ship within a few weeks. My description of the World’s Smallest 4G Rugged Smartphone is still available at: https://wp.me/p5httC-18b.

Since that article was published, Unihertz indeed has started shipping these tiny cell phones. I received mine a few days ago and thought I would report on my experiences with it.

I will give the summation first: This is a tiny phone and, as a result, it has some strengths and some weaknesses. I don’t think it is a phone for everyone but, if it fits a specific need you have, it just might be the perfect phone for you.

Now for the details.

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