For some time now, the fact that Facebook doesn’t sell your personal data directly to advertisers has been a shield that company executives use to protect the company from criticism over its privacy policies. Unfortunately for Facebook, critics have tended to pick up this shield and beat the company with it. Michal Kosinski, an assistant professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, is the latest to go after Facebook’s favorite self-defense mantra. In a widely shared op-ed in the New York Times, Kosinski argues that Facebook’s promise not to sell your data is a distraction from the fact that it profits enormously from it: When the company argues that it is not selling data, but rather selling targeted advertising, it’s luring you into a semantic trap, encouraging you to imagine that the only way of selling data is to send advertisers a file filled with user information. Congress may have fallen for this trap set up by Mr. Zuckerberg, but that … [Read more...] about Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data
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Facebook is rolling out new privacy tools to European users this week, including an option to opt-in to the company’s facial recognition software.It’s part of wider updates to the company’s privacy features, with new choices being pushed out to users this week that enable them to manage how their data is managed on the site, to comply with new EU data privacy laws coming into effect in May.– How does Facebook use facial recognition?In the US and other parts of the world, Facebook has been deploying face recognition tools since 2011, using it to spot faces in photos and videos and help with tagging people in that content.– How does the technology work?If agreed to by the user, Facebook will assess existing images in which a user is tagged to build a “template” for that user. If that template is then spotted in an image where the user is not tagged, Facebook will prompt the user and the person who posted it to add the relevant name tag.– … [Read more...] about Q&A: How is Facebook using facial recognition technology?
Mark Zuckerberg cited "security purposes" Wednesday when asked by several lawmakers about Facebook's collection of personal data on people who never signed up for the social network but whose online behavior is nevertheless tracked by the company. But he offered little elaboration.Privacy advocates say such data collection is used to create "shadow profiles."ZUCKERBERG: "In general, we collect data of people who have not signed up for Facebook for security purposes," the Facebook CEO said when asked by Rep. Ben Lujan, D-N.M., if the company has detailed profiles on people who never joined. He cited the need to help prevent the unauthorized "scraping" of user data from the platform. He also said that "anyone can turn off and opt out of any data collection for ads, whether they use our services or not."Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., asked if Facebook could follow his online interactions after he'd logged out."There may be specific things about how you use Facebook, even if you're not logged … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Does Facebook collect data on non-members?
U.S. Edition EditionsAustralia EditionChina EditionIndia EditionSingapore EditionUnited KingdomUnited States Apr 05, 12:27 PM EDT Subscribe BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureMillennial MoneyOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Mike Luces On 04/05/18 AT 8:54 AM Facebook has detailed the changes it is implementing to protect user data. The social media giant is adopting a robust app review process and modifications that would restrict third-party apps from accessing personal information of users.On Wednesday, Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer announced in a blog post the company’s plans to restrict data access on its social networking platform. “Today, we want to update you on the changes we’re making to better protect your Facebook information,” he wrote. “We expect to make more changes over the coming months — and will keep you updated on your progress.”According to Schroepfer, they are making … [Read more...] about Facebook Restricting Data Access Of Third-Party Apps
NEW YORK — Facebook’s decision to stop working with third-party data collectors might earn it public-relations points, but it does little to protect your privacy. The social network still has more than enough data on your interests and hobbies to target ads with precision.The company will still tap browser and device IDs to track visits to third-party sites and apps. And it will have lots more information from your use of its service — everything from the businesses and hobbies you “like” to the types of news articles you read and share. The data helps Facebook create profile targets — such as college-educated mothers in Detroit who like ice cream and the band Coldplay — for advertisers to reach.Limiting its partnership with data brokers also doesn’t touch on the difficulty Facebook has had keeping your data out of the hands of other companies. The social network is in the spotlight following accusations that a data-mining firm used … [Read more...] about Facebook’s limits on using data brokers won’t stop tracking