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#Facebook to force Page owners to hand over verified phone number and address information

#Facebook to force Page owners to hand over verified phone number and address information

Facebook wants a phone number tied to any page with a “large audience”. Once Facebook has your phone number, then can use that as a unique identifier to cross link the data they collect with data collected by third party data aggregators that collect information about your offline purchases and more.

Detailed voter information and profiles for millions of American’s leaked to the web

Detailed voter information and profiles for millions of American’s leaked to the web

Social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google attempt to discern our interests and voting profile by interpreting the text we write, the texts we receive, the posts we like and share, the web sites we visit, and combine that with data purchased from third party companies that collect our credit card purchases and store loyalty card purchases. Google is just as bad as Facebook. This information is compiled into a dossier on each of us and is sold…

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UK government says Facebook's friend of friends data was accessed from Russia and other countries

UK government says Facebook's friend of friends data was accessed from Russia and other countries

Not surprisingly, the leaky data sieve that is Facebook, had its trove of personal data accessed from Russia and other countries (which likely includes the U.S.?): The now infamous Facebook data set on tens of millions of Americans gathered by a Cambridge University scientist for a firm that went on to worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign was accessed from Russia, a British member of parliament tells CNN. Source: Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook data was accessed from Russia, MP says As…

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Russian intelligence may have access to US Facebook user data

Russian intelligence may have access to US Facebook user data

A Russian internet company with links to the Kremlin could have had access to the Facebook data of millions of people in the US without their knowledge, CNN has learned. …. “What this means is that all data that Facebook users shared through this agreement with Mail.Ru is now available to the Russian intelligence services. All of it. And that is incredibly troubling,” Carpenter said. Source: Russian company could have accessed Facebook data on millions of Americans, source says We…

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Facebook 'closed' and private groups were not confidential

Facebook 'closed' and private groups were not confidential

Facebook users may choose to belong to private or closed groups. Some joined a private group for people having a gene associated with breast cancer – and likely did not want that information publicly shared. However, a feature of Facebook enabled Chrome plug-ins to harvest the names of members of closed groups. “A genetic test result like BRCA is protected by HIPAA [the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] and it can’t be shared with marketers, if it is in…

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Can email scanners steal medical records? Yes

Can email scanners steal medical records? Yes

This week, one of the largest health care providers in the State of California emailed to me the entire 101 page medical records of one of their patients. I have no relationship with this health care provider and do not live in California. In 2018, how is it possible that a major health care provider would send protected patient information (PHI) over unsecured email? This boggles the mind. In 2018, how is it possible that a major health care provider…

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Smart TVs track everything you watch, and link that to your computer and smart phone connected devices too

Smart TVs track everything you watch, and link that to your computer and smart phone connected devices too

Once enabled, Samba TV can track nearly everything that appears on the TV on a second-by-second basis, essentially reading pixels to identify network shows and ads, as well as programs on Netflix and HBO and even video games played on the TV. Samba TV has even offered advertisers the ability to base their targeting on whether people watch conservative or liberal media outlets and which party’s presidential debate they watched. …. Samba TV can also identify other devices in the…

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Google is misleading people about "we don't read your email"

Google is misleading people about "we don't read your email"

Google has been a little more careful than Facebook when it comes to protecting your privacy. For example, the company stopped using contents of user emails on Gmail to personalize its ads back in 2017. But if you’re not careful about granting permissions in Gmail to third-party apps, your emails could still theoretically fall into the wrong hands. To check which third-party apps you’ve allowed to access your Gmail, go to myaccount.google.com and click on “Apps with account access.” In…

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WSJ: #Google let's most any software company read your #Gmail

WSJ: #Google let's most any software company read your #Gmail

Software developers scan hundreds of millions of emails of users who sign up for email-based services. Disclosures are often buried in user agreements. Source: Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail – WSJ They also let employees of those companies personally read your email: this is “common practice”. As already suggested on this blog, they data mine the hell of our emails, logging your purchases, financial records, travel records and more. For companies that want data for…

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Facebook shared user data with 52 tech companies

Facebook shared user data with 52 tech companies

This is a fake resolution statement: It has already ended deals with most of them. Source: Facebook shared user data with 52 tech companies First, they already have the data. Second, in numerous cases on Android phones, the original code is installed on the device and without root access (which is the situation for most users), the code is not removable. Thus, in spite of the “ended deals”, the data collection will continue until users gradually replace their phones and…

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40% of social media users deleted at least one account in the past year

40% of social media users deleted at least one account in the past year

A lack of trust in websites like Twitter and Facebook has prompted 40% of people with social media accounts to delete at least one of them in the past year, new research by public relations agency Edelman found. Source: Nearly half of social media users deleted at least one account in the past year

#Facebook logs everything about you, including much that you would never expect them to collect

#Facebook logs everything about you, including much that you would never expect them to collect

In a document provided to Congress by Facebook we learn that Facebook is a massive spying operation recording everything about you, including the names of files on your device, data about other devices on your network or near to you (including from people who never gave Facebook permission), and records things you buy from other web sites (meaning, not on Facebook – see note)… literally, everything. Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly lies about the massive spy operation conducted by Facebook. 1. information…

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Google Reads All of Your Email and Stores Detailed Notes About Your Correspondence

Google Reads All of Your Email and Stores Detailed Notes About Your Correspondence

If you go to your Google Dashboard and poke around, you’ll find that Google actively and automatically reads all your emails. No – not scans your emails – Google uses artificial intelligence software systems to read, analyze and interpret your private email correspondence and then stores detailed records about you. For example, I used to use Gmail. Here is some of the information that Google logged (permanently) in their archive based on reading my email. Google’s spying software recognized each…

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