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Android users receive creepy ‘Superuser’ Facebook request for full access to their devices

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Facebook wants all your data, and, when it comes to Android users, it’s not afraid to ask for it. 

Several users of the social media service posted on Twitter early Friday morning to report that their Android Facebook apps were requesting “superuser access” to their devices. That’s right, Facebook apparently wants “full access” to the phones, for that little period of time known as “forever.”

As Bleeping Computer reported, it’s not exactly clear what is going on here, but a possible coding error could be to blame. We reached out to Facebook for comment but received no response as of press time.  Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/05/18/facebook-android-app-superuser/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial

Facebook suspends around 200 apps in privacy audit

Facebook has suspended around 200 third-party apps, after its data misuse investigation found signs that they may have been acting improperly. The app audit was part of Facebook’s grand mea-culpa earlier this year, after the part the social network played in the Cambridge Analytica scandal was revealed. Cambridge Analytica was found to have allegedly received a huge cache of Facebook … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/facebook-suspends-around-200-apps-in-privacy-audit-14530653/

DNA is just another way we can’t opt out of data sharing

dna-ed.jpgGrowing up in California, serial killers are as much a fact of life as year-round citrus or having a bit of Spanish in your daily vocabulary. News of the Golden State Killer’s arrest came as a surprise and a relief to most of us whose early lives wer…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/11/dna-could-rat-you-out/

Your Mac might be storing your ‘deleted’ Signal messages

standalone-signal-desktop.pngOne of Signal’s major draws is the fact that it automatically deletes your messages. But though it may be wiping your conversations, it turns out your Mac probably isn’t, Motherboard reports. Security researcher Alec Muffett tweeted about the problem…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/10/macs-storing-deleted-signal-messages/

Facebook vs. Google: Clash of the privacy infringers

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We all love free products and hey, if we have to give up some information about ourselves in exchange for those products, that’s just the price of free, right? But then, once our information was compromised in the most recent Facebook data leaks, we were all up in arms. “How could you do this to us? How could you let our information be compromised like this for the first time ever? We trusted you!” Don’t mind the fact that we couldn’t be bothered to read the Privacy Policy or actually protect our own information by refusing to give it to…

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Source: https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2018/05/06/facebook-vs-google-clash-of-the-privacy-infringers/

Oakland Passes Nation’s Strongest Surveillance Technology Ordinance Yet

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On Tuesday, Oakland passed a new ordinance regulating the use of surveillance devices by the city. While it’s not the first municipality in the nation to do so, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are saying Oakland’s ordinance is the strongest one yet.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/oakland-passes-nations-strongest-surveillance-technolog-1825725697

Tens of Thousands of Malicious Apps Using Facebook APIs

The apps are deemed malicious by doing things such as capturing pictures and audio when the app is closed, or making an unusually large amount of network calls.

Source: https://threatpost.com/tens-of-thousands-of-malicious-apps-using-facebook-apis/131566/

Twitter Sold Data To Cambridge Analytica-Linked Company

Twitter is the latest company to face backlash for how it handles data privacy after disclosing that it sold data access to a Cambridge Analytica-linked researcher.

Source: https://threatpost.com/twitter-sold-data-to-cambridge-analytica-linked-company/131525/

Are our online lives about to become ‘private’ again?

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The new rules which might help stop private information being shared without our knowledge.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43659260

Google Knows Even More About You Than Facebook

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Facebook knows way too much about all of us, but it’s not the only company hoarding everyone’s private data. Google knows just as much about us as Facebook (if not more), and that should trouble you, even if that data hasn’t been used as recklessly—at least, not that we know of.

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Source: https://lifehacker.com/google-knows-even-more-about-you-than-facebook-1825508058

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