Yeah, you’re being watched

Greg Price recently submitted an article to the Troy Messenger, Yeah, you’re being watched:

What’s the solution? Regulation? Perhaps. However, I wonder if Facebook were to simply abandon the ad-driven model and go to a paid subscription model, what would happen? The issues with fraudulent accounts would be easier to address, age verification would be simple, and, you could get to what you want: sharing without the debris field of ads and weird news feeds. But, we’ve become accustomed to “free” web content, would the account holder be willing to exchange cash for a cleaner playing field? I don’t know.

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Related News: Facebook’s privacy policy breaks the law in Europe

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. BetaNews published an article titled Facebook’s privacy policy breaks the law in Europe.

There are many things that Facebook finds itself accused of on a regular basis. Unfairness to different groups, censorship of content, insensitivity, and endless problems surrounding its attitude to privacy and handling of user data. It seems that concerns about privacy were well-founded as a new report finds that the social network violated European law. Analysis carried out by the Belgian Privacy Commission and ICRI/CIR says that Facebook breaks the law in Europe in a number of ways. As well as placing too many expectations on users to be able to change settings for themselves.

Source: BetaNews

Related News: Samsung’s warning: Our Smart TVs record your living room chatter

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNET published an article titled Samsung’s warning: Our Smart TVs record your living room chatter.

Why worry about Big Brother?

It’s your big Samsung TV that’s watching you. Oh, and listening to you.

That seems to be the conclusion from reading the privacy small print offered by the company. (Samsung’s motto: TV has never been this smart.)

It concerns the voice-recognition feature, vital for everyone who finds pressing a few buttons on their remote far too tiresome.

Source: CNET

Related News: Verizon’s Mobile ‘Supercookies’ Seen as Threat to Privacy

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. MSN published an article titled Verizon’s Mobile ‘Supercookies’ Seen as Threat to Privacy.

For the last several months, cybersecurity experts have been warning Verizon Wireless that it was putting the privacy of its customers at risk. The computer codes the company uses to tag and follow its mobile subscribers around the web, they said, could make those consumers vulnerable to covert tracking and profiling.

It looks as if there was reason to worry.

Source: MSN

Related News: Update: What Jennifer Lawrence can teach you about cloud security

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Ars Technica published an article titled Update: What Jennifer Lawrence can teach you about cloud security.

This breach appears different from other recent celebrity “hacks” in that it used a near-zero-day vulnerability in an Apple cloud interface. Instead of using social engineering or some low-tech research to gain control of the victims’ cloud accounts, the attacker basically bashed in the front door—and Apple didn’t find out until the attack was over. While an unusual, long, convoluted password may have prevented the attack from being successful, the only real defense against this assault was never to put photos in Apple’s cloud in the first place. Even Apple’s two-factor authentication would not have helped, if the attack was the one now being investigated.

Source: Ars Technica

Related News: Facebook to Track Users Across Devices to Study Shopping Habits

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Bloomberg published an article titled Facebook to Track Users Across Devices to Study Shopping Habits.

Facebook Inc. will let advertisers know where a promotion was first viewed and when it led to a purchase by tracking users between their electronic devices, a tool that may reignite privacy concerns.

Marketers will be able to see the number of users that clicked on an ad, whether they used a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, and which device was used to buy a product, Menlo Park, California-based Facebook said in a blog post today.

Source: Bloomberg

Related News: Facebook Data Privacy Class Action Joined By 11,000 And Counting

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. TechCrunch published an article titled Facebook Data Privacy Class Action Joined By 11,000 And Counting.

On Friday the Europe vs Facebook privacy campaign group kicked off a new legal initiative targeting Facebook – in the form of a class action lawsuit that’s inviting adult non-commercial Facebook users located anywhere outside the US and Canada to join in.

Today, the group told TechCrunch its civil action has pulled in some 11,000 participants so far, in the first weekend since launch. The largest proportion of participants (about 50%) are currently coming from German-speaking countries, followed by “high number” from the Netherlands, Finland and the UK.

“Reasonable numbers come from all European countries and South America,” added a Europe vs Facebook spokesperson.

Source: TechCrunch