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Tech giants offer empty apologies because users can’t quit - 28 novembre 2018
’Sorry’ means nothing since so does ’We’re deleting’ true apology consists of a sincere acknowledgement of wrongdoing, a show of empathic remorse for why you wronged and the harm it caused and a promise of restitution by improving ones actions to make things right. Without the follow-through, saying sorry isn’t an (...)

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A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes - 16 novembre 2018
A security lapse has exposed a massive database containing tens of millions of text messages, including password reset links, two-factor codes, shipping notifications and more. The exposed server belongs to Voxox (formerly Telcentris), a San Diego, Calif.-based communications company. The server wasn’t protected (...)

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Instagram prototypes handing your location history to Facebook - 5 octobre 2018
This is sure to exacerbate fears that Facebook will further exploit Instagram now that its founders have resigned. Instagram has been spotted prototyping a new privacy setting that would allow it to share your location history with Facebook. That means your exact GPS coordinates collected by Instagram, even when (...)

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Uber to pay $148 million in data breach settlement - 27 septembre 2018
Uber has agreed to pay $148 million to settle a data breach that affected some 57 million customers in 2016. The agreement was with the attorneys general of all 50 states and the District of Columbia to resolve their legal inquiries on this matter, Uber’s chief legal officer Tony West said in a statement released (...)

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Facebook taps banks, but for chatbots not purchase data like Google - 7 août 2018
Backlash swelled this morning after Facebook’s aspirations in financial services were blown out of proportion by a Wall Street Journal report that neglected how the social network already works with banks. Facebook spokesperson Elisabeth Diana tells TechCrunch it’s not asking for credit card transaction data from (...)

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Facebook prototypes tool to show how many minutes you spend on it - 25 juin 2018
Are you ready for some scary numbers ? After months of Mark Zuckerberg talking about how “Protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits,” Facebook is preparing to turn that commitment into a Time Well Spent product. Buried in Facebook’s Android app is an unreleased “Your Time on Facebook” (...)

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Facebook alerts 14M to privacy bug that changed status composer to public - 8 juin 2018
Facebook has another privacy screw-up on its hands. A bug in May accidentally changed the suggested privacy setting for status updates to public from whatever users had set it to last, potentially causing them to post sensitive friends-only content to the whole world. Facebook is now notifying 14 million people (...)

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Former software engineer accuses Uber of “degrading conduct” toward women in new lawsuit - 22 mai 2018
A former Uber software engineer filed a lawsuit against the company today in the Superior Court of California, accusing it of retaliating against her for after she reported sexual harassment and discrimination. The complaint by Ingrid Avendaño, who worked at Uber from 2014 to 2017, alleges that Uber’s workplace (...)

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Zuckerberg’s boring testimony is a big win for Facebook - 11 avril 2018
This 5-hour nothingburger made the scandal seem over Mark Zuckerberg ran his apology scripts, trotted out his lists of policy fixes and generally dulled the Senate into submission. And that constitutes success for Facebook. Zuckerberg testified before the joint Senate judiciary and commerce committee today, (...)

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WhatsApp will not share user data with Facebook until it complies with GDPR, ICO closes investigation - 15 mars 2018
Facebook, its popular messaging app WhatsApp, and the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have reached a truce in their long-running investigation over how Facebook and WhatsApp share user data. The ICO today announced that it has closed its investigation and concluded that WhatsApp and Facebook, in fact, (...)

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D-ID’s tech protects your privacy by confounding face recognition algorithms - 15 février 2018
Unless you literally wear a mask all the time, it is almost impossible to completely avoid cameras and face recognition technology. Not only is this a privacy concern, but it also presents a potential liability for companies that need to protect personal data. D-ID, a startup currently taking part in Y Combinator, (...)

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Unilever warns social media to clean up “toxic” content - 14 février 2018
Consumer goods giant Unilever, a maker of branded soaps, foodstuffs and personal care items and also one of the world’s biggest online advertisers, has fired a warning shot across the bows of social media giants by threatening to pull ads from digital platforms if they don’t do more to mitigate the spread of what it (...)

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Appeals court rules that Tinder’s pricing violates age discrimination laws - 31 janvier 2018
A California appeals court has sided with Allan Candelore, a man suing Tinder over the pricing for its premium service, Tinder Plus. Specifically, Candelore and his lawyers argued that by charging $9.99 per month if a user is under 30, versus $19.99 per month if you’re 30 or older, Tinder is discriminating based (...)

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Former employees say Lyft staffers spied on passengers - 27 janvier 2018
Similar to Uber’s “God View” scandal, Lyft staffers have been abusing customer insight software to view the personal contact info and ride history of the startup’s passengers. One source that formerly worked with Lyft tells TechCrunch that widespread access to the company’s backend let staffers “see pretty much (...)

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Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup Confirm.io - 24 janvier 2018
Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s acquired… Confirm.io. The startup offered an API that let other companies quickly verify someone’s government-issued identification card, like a driver’s license, was authentic. The Boston-based startup will shut down as both its team and technology are rolled into (...)

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Facebook security chief rants about misguided “algorithm” backlash - 9 octobre 2017
“I am seeing a ton of coverage of our recent issues driven by stereotypes of our employees and attacks against fantasy, strawman tech cos” wrote Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos on Saturday in a reeling tweetstorm. He claims journalists misunderstand the complexity of attacking fake news, deride Facebook (...)

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Someone scraped 40,000 Tinder selfies to make a facial dataset for AI experiments - 1er mai 2017
Tinder users have many motives for uploading their likeness to the dating app. But contributing a facial biometric to a downloadable data set for training convolutional neural networks probably wasn’t top of their list when they signed up to swipe. A user of Kaggle, a platform for machine learning and data science (...)

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Uber begins background collection of rider location data - 29 novembre 2016
Imagine you’re on your way to a therapy appointment in a downtown high-rise. You hail an Uber and enter a nearby coffee shop as your destination so you can grab a snack before the appointment. In the car, you scroll through Instagram and check your email. You get out, buy your coffee, and walk around the corner to (...)

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Facebook rolls out code to nullify Adblock Plus’ workaround again - 13 août 2016
Adblock Plus launched a workaround to Facebook’s ad block bypass today that ham-handedly removes posts from friends and Pages, not just ads, according to a statement provided by Facebook to TechCrunch. “We’re disappointed that ad blocking companies are punishing people on Facebook as these new attempts don’t (...)

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Facebook will bypass web adblockers, but offer ad targeting opt-outs - 11 août 2016
Facebook is making the HTML of its web ads indistinguishable from organic content so it can slip by adblockers. But in exchange for taking away this option for controlling ads from people, its allowing them to opt-out of ad targeting categories and Custom Audience customer lists uploaded by advertisers. Today all (...)