Facebook Settles Case Involving Organizations Targeting Consumers By Ethnicity

More shenanigans at Facebook. Is there no end? (Oh, right. There is no end.)

Facebook is paying about 5 million dollars in fines to settle lawsuits that claim the social media site allowed organizations to target consumers based on ethnicity. Facebook doesn’t allow advertisers to filter based on race, but consumers can be targeted through criteria called “ethnic affinity”.

You can find dozens of articles describing the reasons why Facebook has been fined (again) more than $5 million by starting at: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Facebook+Settles+Case+Involving+Organizations+Targeting+Consumers+By+Ethnicity&t=hv&ia=web.


To Hundreds of Millions of Facebook Users: You May Want to Think about Changing Your Facebook Password. Or Perhaps Just Deleting Your Account.

Facebook admits it didn’t properly mask the passwords of hundreds of millions of its users and stored them as plain text in an internal database for years that could be accessed by its staff.

See https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/21/tech/facebook-password-database/index.html for the sad details.

Opera Adds Free and Unlimited VPN Service To Its Android Browser

As users become more cautious about their privacy, many have explored using VPN services. According to a GlobalWebIndex estimate, more than 650 million people worldwide use such tools to mask their identity online and fend off web trackers.

Opera 51 for Android now enables users to establish a private connection between their mobile device and a remote VPN server using 256-bit encryption. Users can pick a server of their choice from a range of locations. Unlike several other VPN apps, Opera’s offering does not require an account to use the service.

You can read more in an article by Manish Singh in the VentureBeat web site at: http://bit.ly/2JvHgs5.

‘Delete Facebook NOW’ says the Co-Founder of WhatsApp

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton urged people to ‘delete’ their Facebook accounts now, during an address made to students. Acton accuses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of trading privacy for revenue after allowing ads on the platform. He has now called for people to ‘reject’ Facebook by deleting its family of apps from their smartphones and other devices.

Brian Acton is a co-founder of WhatsApp, a business later acquired by Facebook.

It comes after the world’s largest social network has been beset by a string of privacy scandals. The data of 87 million users was improperly accessed by Cambridge Analytica, linked to the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.

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Facebook Faces Criminal Probe for Sharing User Data

It looks like criminal charges are in the future for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. A grand jury has subpoenaed records from at least two prominent device OEMs that had data-sharing agreements with Facebook.

Federal prosecutors, according to the New York Times, have launched a criminal probe into Facebook’s data-sharing practices that gave more than 150 other tech firms extensive access to user information, sometimes without consent.

Details may be found in an article by Stephanie Condon in the ZDnet web site at: https://www.zdnet.com/article/report-facebook-faces-criminal-probe-for-sharing-user-data/.

Russia Blocks Encrypted Email Provider ProtonMail

If ProtonMail’s encryption is so good that the Russians are afraid of it, then it must be very good encryption! This latest announcement from the state Federal Security Service, formerly the KGB, may turn out to be the best advertising that ProtonMail could ever obtain!

Instead of being “Banned in Boston,” ProtonMail is now proudly “Banned in Moscow.”

Well, the ban is perfect just yet. Some Russians are still able to use ProtonMail. Details may be found in an article in the ProtonMail web site at: https://protonmail.com/blog/russia-block.

You can find my past articles about ProtonMail by starting at: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+protonmail&t=h_&ia=web.