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Facebook Hires 3 of its Fiercest Critics

Here is one method of silencing your worst critics who keep telling the world what a terrible job you are doing: hire them and pay them large salaries. Facebook confirmed it has hired 3 privacy law activists, who are among some its fiercest critics: Robyn Greene, an attorney for Open Technology Institute, and Nathan White from Access Now will work out of Facebook’s DC office, while Nate Cardozo, an attorney […]

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Facebook or Fakebook?

Facebook has received more negative publicity in recent years than any other company when it comes to invasion of its customers’ personal privacy. However, a new report from Aaron Greenspan in the PlainSite.org web site claims that the business of Facebook is even worse than what most observers have believed. Quoting from the report: “On paper, Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) is one of the most successful companies in history. With […]

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Apple has Recruited a Former Employee and Vocal Critic of Facebook to Join its Privacy Team

Of all the major corporations in the computer industry, Apple appears to be the one leading the fight for individual privacy, challenging both government spies and the corporations that collect and sell private data of their customers. Now Apple has recruited a former employee and vocal critic of Facebook to join its privacy team. Sandy Parakilas, who spent a year and a half monitoring privacy and policy compliance by software […]

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Facebook is Now Compared to “Big Tobacco” and that is Not a Complement

From an article in The Economist: “Big tobacco” is what the bosses of several large technology firms have started calling Facebook in private and in public. The company has spent the past year fending off critics who claim it is addictive, bad for democracy and overdue for a regulatory reckoning. Being compared to the tobacco giants is one of the business world’s more toxic insults, but it is not the […]

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Freedom From Facebook Organization Says “It’s Time To Make Facebook Safe For Democracy”

From the Freedom From Facebook web site: “Facebook has too much power over our lives and democracy. It’s time for us to take that power back.” “TELL THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: IT’S TIME TO BREAK UP FACEBOOK’S MONOPOLY. “The FTC should spin off Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger into competing networks, require interoperability, so we have the freedom to communicate across social networks, and impose strong privacy rules that empower and […]

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Facebook Is the Least Trusted Major Tech Company When it Comes to Safeguarding Personal Data, Poll Finds

Facebook is the least trustworthy of all major tech companies when it comes to safeguarding user data, according to a new national poll conducted for Fortune, highlighting the major challenges the company faces following a series of recent privacy blunders. Only 22% of Americans said that they trust Facebook with their personal information, far less than Amazon (49%), Google (41%), Microsoft (40%), and Apple (39%). “Facebook is in the bottom […]

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Privacy International Lodges Complaints Against Seven Firms for Breaching Data Protection

Acxion, Oracle, Criteo, Quantcast, Tapad, Equifax, and Experian are all in Privacy International’s sights, with the organisation filing complaints in the UK, Ireland and France, urging data protection authorities to look into what it alleges is the “mass exploitation” of individuals’ data. Details may be found in an article by Roland Moore-Colyer in The Inquirer at: http://bit.ly/2Dg4kX0.

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Facebook sees Stagnating Sales and User Growth

Gee, I wonder why? Could it have something to do with Facebook spying on the company’s customers and then reselling their customers’ private information to the highest bidder, making millions of dollars in profits along the way? Facebook’s stock also dropped nearly 25 percent in after-hours trading. yesterday. All is revealed in an article by Queenie Wong in the C|Net web site at: https://www.cnet.com/news/facebooks-growth-stagnates.

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Big Brother is Being Increasingly Outsourced

The federal and local governments have long relied on private companies for defense and law enforcement technologies. However, the governments are now expanding beyond past practices. Corporations are now expanding their paid spying performed for government agencies, both in online and offline spying. From a report: “The … thing that was shocking for me was to understand just how the federal authorizations are allowing Amazon to have such a monopoly […]

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Equifax Slapped With UK’s Maximum Penalty Over 2017 Data Breach

Equifax (which was mentioned often in this blog) has finally had their hands slapped. Unfortunately, the fine is for only £500,000 ($661,825 US dollars) which is pocket change for a company the size of Equifax. The Equifax accountants will probably record it is a petty cash expenditure. You can read more about the fine and the reasons for it in an article by Natasha Lomas in the TechCrunch blog at: […]

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