Related News: Nude ‘Snapchat images’ put online by hackers

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. BBC News published an article titled Nude ‘Snapchat images’ put online by hackers.

Explicit images believed to have been sent through messaging service Snapchat were reportedly put online, with threats from hackers to upload more.

Users who had been accessing the service via a third-party app, and not the official Snapchat app, had their images intercepted.

As half of its users are aged between 13 and 17, there is concern that many of the images may be of children.

Source: BBC News

Related News: Facebook’s shot at WhatsApp data gets both companies an FTC complaint

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Ars Technica published an article titled Facebook’s shot at WhatsApp data gets both companies an FTC complaint.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Facebook’s $16 billion acquisition of WhatsApp based on privacy concerns, according to a document released Thursday. EPIC and CDD’s problems with the acquisition center around the fact that WhatsApp staked its reputation on—that it’s a company keeping a reasonable distance from its customers’ data. Now that it will fall under the aegis of Facebook, its users stand to lose those privacy guarantees, even though WhatsApp told its users nothing would change.

Facebook draws legal complaints for treading outside the bounds of responsible data use on a fairly regular basis. There was Beacon, which posted users’ activity to third party sites without so much as a heads up. There were Sponsored Stories, which placed users’ photos and names alongside ads. There was the sudden unsolicited use of facial recognition. The list goes on with many new and interesting ways Facebook has found to use the information it’s collected, but it’s plain that given an opportunity, Facebook is more likely to ask forgiveness than permission.

Source: Ars Technica

Related News: Reports: Teen Daniel Perry commits suicide over Skype blackmail scam

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN published an article titled Reports: Teen Daniel Perry commits suicide over Skype blackmail scam.

Reports that a Scottish teenager took his own life after becoming the victim of an alleged Internet blackmail scam have heightened concerns in Britain over online abuse.

Daniel Perry, from Dunfermline, was reportedly the victim of blackmailers who recorded his interactions via Skype with a person he believed was an American girl his own age.

Source: CNN

Related News: FTC’s Second Kids’ App Report Finds Little Progress in Addressing Privacy Concerns Surrounding Mobile Applications for Children

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Federal Trade Commission published an article titled FTC’s Second Kids’ App Report Finds Little Progress in Addressing Privacy Concerns Surrounding Mobile Applications for Children.

The Federal Trade Commission issued a new staff report, “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures report coverStill Not Making the Grade,” examining the privacy disclosures and practices of apps offered for children in the Google Play and Apple App stores.  The report details the results of the FTC’s second survey of kids’ mobile apps.

Since FTC staff’s first survey of kids’ mobile apps in 2011, staff found little progress toward giving parents the information they need to determine what data is being collected from their children, how it is being shared, or who will have access to it.  The report also finds that many of the apps surveyed included interactive features, such as connecting to social media, and sent information from the mobile device to ad networks, analytics companies, or other third parties, without disclosing these practices to parents.

Source: Federal Trade Commission