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Why Zuckerberg's 'Privacy-Focused' Vision Is Not Entirely Pro-Privacy | Fortune
Don't be fooled by Facebook's latest privacy spin https://t.co/Ey7ptrRTvf Tweet by superglaze at March 07, 2019 at 12:36PM
superglaze  twitterlike  favourite  tweet  facebook  privacy 
6 weeks ago by laurakalbag
You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook. - WSJ
The social-media giant collects intensely personal information from many popular smartphone apps just seconds after users enter it, even if the user has no connection to Facebook
facebook  sdk  api  analytics  apps  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  indie  radar 
7 weeks ago by laurakalbag
Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by report on fake news | Technology | The Guardian
Labour moved quickly to endorse the committee’s findings, with the party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, announcing: “Labour agrees with the committee’s ultimate conclusion – the era of self-regulation for tech companies must end immediately.

“We need new independent regulation with a tough powers and sanctions regime to curb the worst excesses of surveillance capitalism and the forces trying to use technology to subvert our democracy.”
facebook  privacy  democracy  surveillancecapitalism  tomwatson  labour  parliamentary  uk  report  indie  radar 
8 weeks ago by laurakalbag
Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists? | TechCrunch
“ The EU’s updated privacy framework, [GDPR](https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/20/wtf-is-gdpr/), requires consent to be specific, informed and freely given. That standard supports challenges to Facebook’s (still fixed) entry ‘price’ to its social services. To play you still have to agree to hand over your personal data so it can sell your attention to advertisers. But legal experts [contend](ªªhttps://techcrunch.com/2018/04/18/data-experts-on-facebooks-gdpr-changes-expect-lawsuits/) that’sºº neither privacy by design nor default.”

“So there are now two lines of legal attack — antitrust and privacy law — threatening Facebook (and indeed other adtech companies’) surveillance-based business model across Europe.”

“…the German FCO decision against Facebook hints at an alternative way forward for regulating the dominance of digital monopolies: Structural remedies that focus on controlling access to data which can be relatively swiftly configured and applied.”
antitrust  surveillancecapitalism  europe  eu  regulation  fco  germany  facebook  indie  radar 
9 weeks ago by laurakalbag
Study shows that countries that permit Facebook's beloved "zero rating" programs end up with more expensive wireless data / Boing Boing
“Now, a careful, comprehensive study of 30 European countries by Epicenter.works finds that zero-rating encourages carriers to collude with Facebook to raise prices on non-zero-rated services, making it much harder to escape Facebook's orbit (and other big incumbents).”
zerorated  facebook  internet  access 
9 weeks ago by laurakalbag
LinkedIn processed 18 million email addresses of non-users for targeted advertising
Social media network LinkedIn processed the email addresses of 18 million non-members and targeted them with advertising on Facebook without permission, an audit by the Data Protection Commissioner has found.
linkedin  ireland  gdpr  dataprotection  commissioner  emailaddress  targetedads  facebook  consent  permission  indie  radar 
november 2018 by laurakalbag
Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis - The New York Times
But as evidence accumulated that Facebook’s power could also be exploited to disrupt elections, broadcast viral propaganda and inspire deadly campaigns of hate around the globe, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg stumbled. Bent on growth, the pair ignored warning signs and then sought to conceal them from public view. At critical moments over the last three years, they were distracted by personal projects, and passed off security and policy decisions to subordinates, according to current and former executives.
facebook  blame  politics  google  apple  lobbying  indie  radar 
november 2018 by laurakalbag
We posed as 100 senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them. – VICE News
“these tests show that compliance with the feature is entirely voluntary, meaning a tool that Facebook introduced to increase trust in advertising can also be used as a vector for misinformation, and another way bad actors can game Facebook’s platform.”
facebook  ads  compliance  misinformation  fakenews  propaganda  political  indie  radar 
november 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook Isn’t Sorry — It Just Wants Your Data
“To observers, these might seem like easily avoidable errors, but to Facebook, whose very identity and foundational mandate is the instinctual drive to amass personal data, they make perfect sense.”
facebook  data  privacy  tracking  profiling  apologies  indie  radar 
october 2018 by laurakalbag
Just Don’t Call It Privacy - The New York Times
“What is at stake here isn’t privacy, the right not to be observed. It’s how companies can use our data to invisibly shunt us in directions that may benefit them more than us.”
facebook  google  amazon  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  tracking  profiling  us  usgov  indie  radar 
october 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information
“Facebook is not content to use the contact information you willingly put into your Facebook profile for advertising. It is also using contact information you handed over for security purposes and contact information you didn’t hand over at all, but that was collected from other people’s contact books, a hidden layer of details Facebook has about you that I’ve come to call “shadow contact information.”
facebook  shadow  profiling  tracking  ads  advertising  contact  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
Apple and Mozilla move to thwart Facebook tracking
Notably, these protections won't do privacy-conscious consumers any good while they're logged into Facebook, but it will help to protect them from the social network's ever-expanding grasp while they're logged out. 
safari  apple  facebook  tracking  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  ios  ios12  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
Channel 4 finds Facebook not deleting images of child abuse and racism - Business Insider
Channel 4 spoke with Roger McNamee, an early Facebook investor who has become a critic of the company over issues including the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. He said Facebook stood to benefit from extreme content.

"It's the really extreme, really dangerous form of content that attracts the most highly engaged people on the platform," he said. "Facebook understood that it was desirable to have people spend more time on site if you're going to have an advertising-based business."
facebook  content  censorship  extreme  indie  radar 
july 2018 by laurakalbag
The many deceptions of Mark Zuckerberg | Creative Good
With 2 billion users and counting, Facebook is unavoidable, and it's growing more influential by the day. It's vital that we understand what Zuck is actually up to, especially since he didn't reveal it in his testimony. A number of media sources have helpfully corrected his inaccurate claims.
zuckerberg  facebook  privacy  data  consent  permission  indie  radar 
april 2018 by laurakalbag
Good for Facebook, maybe, but not for the rest of us - The Boston Globe
Equal access to jobs is not the only reason that lawmakers should reconsider Section 230. Extending blanket protection to enterprises that act like Gilded Age plutocrats cannot help but stifle the innovators and startups of the future. All in all, that would be bad for people’s well-being, and for society.
facebook  us  jobs  discrimination  indie  radar 
february 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook And Google's Surveillance Capitalism Model Is In Trouble | HuffPost
Most people associate Facebook with cute family photos and think of Google like a semi-reliable encyclopedia. But these services have only a tangential relationship to the way either company actually makes money. The twin Silicon Valley titans rely on two closely intertwined technologies, customer surveillance and advertising, to maximize shareholder profits.
facebook  google  advertising  history  ads  popups  indie  radar  surveillancecapitalism 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens
It might assume two people knew each other if the images they uploaded looked like they were titled in the same series of photos—IMG_4605739.jpg and IMG_4605742, for example—or if lens scratches or dust were detectable in the same spots on the photos, revealing the photos were taken by the same camera.
facebook  tracking  camera  lens  privacy  dust  patents  patent  indie  radar 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
What We Learned from Staring at Social Media Data for a Year - Features - Source: An OpenNews project
We are the product, hence our data is not ours: Our data is what makes Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms valuable. Every click and like, even our searches and posts, contribute to a massive corpus of data that is more valuable than any marketing research could ever be. It’s longitudinal data about our behavior and, more importantly, indicators of how we feel about issues, people, and—dare I say it—products. By using social platforms, we opt into giving them power over our data, and they decide how much access we get to it. In many cases that’s very little.
journalism  buzzfeed  facebook  twitter  social  socialdata  surveillancecapitalism  indie  radar 
october 2017 by laurakalbag
Facebook Won’t Be Sent To The Gulag Over Russian Ads | Fast Company
“The problem with political ads on Facebook has nothing to do with the law. It has to do with how Facebook works . . . The Russians used Facebook because Facebook works really well. It is the best system anyone has invented to advertise anything to anyone, and it is by far the best system ever invented to distribute political propaganda and hate speech.”
politics  facebook  propaganda  ads  advertising  regulation  US 
october 2017 by laurakalbag
Stop Expecting Facebook and Google to Curb Misinformation — It’s Great for Business
The increasingly toxic internet is working as designed by the companies that control most of it — corporate monoliths that hold the primary channels of digital information distribution and obligations to shareholders, not civil society.
facebook  google  businessmodels  attention  feed  distribution  news  fakenews  indie  radar 
october 2017 by laurakalbag
4 Reasons the Left Should Care About Data and Surveillance | Novara Media
4. The way in which our data is sold and used is inherently capitalist – and surveillance is becoming more invasive as a result
capitalism  data  surveillance  government  corporatesurveillance  governmentsurveillance  indie  radar  facebook 
august 2017 by laurakalbag
The "dark ads" election: How are political parties targeting you on Facebook? — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Facebook can provide data on different users’ ethnicities and occupations and what issues they care about, allowing campaign teams to target specific voters with specific messages. That means that unlike billboards or newspaper ads which everyone sees, the world of targeted advertising is extremely hard to track.
dark  ads  targeting  politics  uk  election  facebook 
may 2017 by laurakalbag
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