FACEBOOK has a plan to stop kids illegally handing over their personal info online – and it's a bit rubbish. The social network needs to better protect children to comply with new EU laws, which prohibit the collection of certain types of data from children. Right now, only minors over the age over 13 are technically allowed on Facebook – although the company has no way of checking this. Facebook currently lets youngsters aged between 13 and 15 (and potentially even younger) upload all manner of personal details These can include highly sensitive info like their political views and details about their sexuality. Brands can use this info to target them with laser-focused ads. But from May 25, the EU's General Data Protection Regulation means Facebook will need parental permission to hoover up certain data on children. Affected features include "seeing ads based on data from partners, and including religious and political views or 'interested in' on your profile", … [Read more...] about Facebook’s plan to stop kids handing over personal info is a complete joke
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Technology By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 18 April 2018 comments Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43797128 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsFacebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal Facebook has started asking European and Canadian users to let it use facial recognition technology to identify … [Read more...] about Facebook seeks to face scan Europeans
Some news articles shared on the social media platform will now feature an "I" icon, standing for additional information. The box will tell netizens more about the publisher, will show where in the world the article has gone viral and will offer more publications by the same media outlet for reading. Separately, it will show if any of your friends have already shared the story. While the first two features were tested last year, the latter two are presented as the newest ones. The newly unveiled features, however, seem to have a couple of issues. Firstly, the information about media outlets is borrowed from Wikipedia, which, though it is commonly considered as an authoritative website, is still crowdsourced, which does not guarantee immunity from political, or other, biases. Moreover, the reliance on this source is dubbed "humorous" on Twitter, with many people feeling deeply skeptical about the … [Read more...] about Twitter Meets Facebook’s Counter-Fake News Measures With Pinch of Salt
Facebook said on Wednesday that “malicious actors” took advantage of search tools on its platform, making it possible for them to discover the identities and collect information on most of its two billion users worldwide. The revelation came amid rising acknowledgement by Facebook about its struggles to control the data it gathers on users. Among the announcements on Wednesday was that Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy hired by then presidential candidate Donald Trump and other Republicans, had improperly gathered detailed Facebook information on 87 million people, of whom 71 million were Americans. But the abuse of Facebook’s search tools – now disabled – happened far more broadly and over the course of several years, with few Facebook users likely escaping the scam, company officials acknowledged. Read more Mark Zuckerberg refuses to quit Facebook Facebook scans things you send on Messenger app Up to 87 million Facebook users’ data … [Read more...] about Facebook: ‘Malicious actors’ abused its search tools to collect data on most of its two billion users
FACEBOOK is caught up in a data breach controversy that saw info on 50 million users exposed – but what actually happened? Here's a simple guide to the Facebook data breach fiasco. What's the Facebook data breach controversy about? This weekend, a report by The Guardian revealed that a company called Cambridge Analytica had harvested the personal data of 50 million Facebook profiles. This information was allegedly used to map out voter behaviour in 2016 for both the Brexit campaign and the US presidential election. Cambridge Analytica is a British company that helps businesses "change audience behaviour", and supposedly helped get US President Donald Trump elected. How was the Facebook data harvested? Back in 2015, a Cambridge psychology professor called Aleksandr Kogan built an app called "thisisyourdigitallife". The app was a personality quiz that asked Facebook users for information about themselves. Kogan's company Global Science Research had a deal to share info from the app … [Read more...] about Facebook data breach explained – what happened with Cambridge Analytica and are you safe?