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#Facebook links your online dossier with offline purchases using your phone number and email address #DeleteFacebook

#Facebook links your online dossier with offline purchases using your phone number and email address #DeleteFacebook

From Facebook’s own page: If you need to give an email address to a business, use a throw away email address and definitely use an email address that Facebook does not have. For Store loyalty cards, just lie. Give them a fake phone number and email address. Or do not use them and pay cash. Facebook plus on and offline retailers have become unbelievably invasive. Almost no one was aware that Facebook is a giant Orwellian 1984 spying apparatus. Since…

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Privacy policies are bogus and reading all of them would take about 30 days per year

Privacy policies are bogus and reading all of them would take about 30 days per year

The reality is that the incentives of a privacy policy are to not use it to keep your info private. In fact, the incentives are to make a privacy policy as permissive as possible. Because the only time you get in trouble is not if you fail to protect someone’s privacy… but if you violate your own privacy policy. So companies have the incentive to write a privacy policy that is as permissive to the company as possible, so that…

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The #Android #Facebook app also logged text/SMS and phone calls you made

The #Android #Facebook app also logged text/SMS and phone calls you made

This is ugly. Facebook was collecting messages from people who never consented to Facebook’s privacy policy. Update: FB says they were not “storing” the text messages, only the meta data of who sent/receive messages. That does not mean they were not scanning your text messages, only that they have said they were not storing them. Facebook adopted the NSA’s internal motto: “Collect it all“. Indeed, Facebook is likely in a close working relationship with the NSA as another profit opportunity.

Facebook's "Privacy settings" were a scam

Facebook's "Privacy settings" were a scam

Facebook’s ‘privacy settings’ are a grand illusion. Control over post-sharing – people we share to – should really be called ‘publicity settings’,” explains Jonathan Albright, the research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. “Likewise, control over passive sharing – the information people [including third party apps] can take info from us – should be called ‘privacy settings’. ”Essentially Facebook gives us privacy “busywork” to make us think we have control, while making it very difficult to truly lock…

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All of your #Facebook data prior to April 2015 was exposed to third parties

All of your #Facebook data prior to April 2015 was exposed to third parties

The terms were updated in April 2014 to restrict the data new developers could get hold of, including to people’s friends’ data, but only after four years of access to the Facebook firehose. Companies that plugged in before April 2015 had another year before access was restricted. Source: ‘A grand illusion’: seven days that shattered Facebook’s facade By creating multiple apps, where each individual app collected only a little bit of data, software developers were able to collate limited data…

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#Facebook's business model is entirely about surveillance and has nothing to do with "connecting people"; #Zuckerberg lied #DeleteFacebook

#Facebook's business model is entirely about surveillance and has nothing to do with "connecting people"; #Zuckerberg lied #DeleteFacebook

Facebook has gone to great lengths to convince members of the public that it’s all about “connecting people” and “building a global community”. This pseudo-uplifting marketing speak is much easier for employees and users to stomach than the mission of “guzzling personal data so we can micro-target you with advertising”. Source: ‘A grand illusion’: seven days that shattered Facebook’s facade

Tumblr blames Russian trolls spreading "misinformation"

Tumblr blames Russian trolls spreading "misinformation"

These headlines are to the point of being “What You See is All There Is” (WYSIATI) propaganda. In reality, everyone from everywhere has been spreading misinformation on social media. But by repeatedly framing the problem as “Russia” connected propaganda, people are influenced to draw a conclusion based on the idea that this is the sum total of the story. This conveniently leaves out all of the numerous others involved in doing this. Source: Tumblr Removed 84 Accounts Linked to Russian…

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Tech industry calling for "well crafted" regulations

Tech industry calling for "well crafted" regulations

“Well crafted” means tech titans want to write their own regulations to protect incumbent titans while making it hard for new competitors to enter the market. That’s pretty much how industry regulation always works. Cook called for “well-crafted” regulations to protect the information of users Source: Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls for More Regulations on Data | Fortune Meanwhile, Facebook and Google are opposing a California initiative that would create EU-like privacy protections for Californians. Because they didn’t write it.

I no longer believe #Facebook is safe for anyone to use #DeleteFacebook

I no longer believe #Facebook is safe for anyone to use #DeleteFacebook

I no longer believe Facebook is safe for anyone to be using. First, read about the unexpected data collection that Facebook performs to generate their “model” of you and your behavior. If there is no reason for you to retain Facebook, I recommend deleting your Facebook account. Deleting a Facebook account may not practical.  For example, I have two Facebook Pages that are associated with 5 technical books that I have written. It would be awkward to delete those pages…

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The data #Facebook collects and ascertains about you, unexpectedly #DeleteFacebook

The data #Facebook collects and ascertains about you, unexpectedly #DeleteFacebook

The following list is adapted from a Gizmodo article which deserves credit for the work. I have re-written their items into a different and shorter format. (Note – its not plagiarism when you make this clear – that’s called citing your references.) The Hidden Things that Facebook Records About You Your location, your travels, which individual stores you go in to and often combines this with offline purchase data. Every web site that features a Facebook Login, a Facebook Share button…

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Facebook Privacy Settings are a Rube Goldberg experience

Facebook Privacy Settings are a Rube Goldberg experience

Rube Goldberg was an engineer better known as the cartoonist that drew hilariously complex machines to solve mundane problems. Facebook’s privacy settings are themselves a Rube Goldberg like apparatus. For example, I originally thought that setting my post settings to “Friends” (which Facebook sometimes restricts to Friends+, which is basically the same as Public if you think about it) would protect my privacy. But alas, no. Facebook has tons of privacy settings, each hidden away in a different location, buried…

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Never, ever use a #Facebook application on your phone or computer #DeleteFacebook

Never, ever use a #Facebook application on your phone or computer #DeleteFacebook

All Facebook “apps” are enhanced tracking devices designed to spy on your activities. Facebook provides “apps” for iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android and for Microsoft Windows. Never, EVER install these apps. We already know that the smart phone apps are used to access your contact list and to track your location, everywhere you go. All of this collected data has been and is shared with a world of Facebook business partners. Furthermore, the Android version of Facebook, which I did use…

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Facebook has a system to submit critical identification documents to Facebook

Facebook has a system to submit critical identification documents to Facebook

Would you consider sending a digital scan of your driver’s license, birth certificate, voter ID card, bank or credit card statement or passport to Facebook? Incredibly, Facebook has a program for users to submit exactly that type of information. They insist they destroy the data within 30 days. Right. Facebook uses this to try and prevent people from changing their online name. Facebook wants to ensure they have your legal name, as that helps them track you more effectively, and…

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