Facebook has run fast and loose with users’ private data from the beginning.
Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts have been found online.
The exposed server contained more than 419 million records over several databases on users across geographies, including 133 million records on U.S.-based Facebook users, 18 million records of users in the U.K., and another with more than 50 million records on users in Vietnam.
But because the server wasn’t protected with a password, anyone could find and access the database.
Each record contained a user’s unique Facebook ID and the phone number listed on the account. A user’s Facebook ID is typically a long, unique and public number associated with their account, which can be easily used to discern an account’s username.
When compared to the likes of Facebook, Google, and others, Apple are probably doing a better job. But they could be doing more.
Bloomberg Businessweek (paywall):
Bloomberg News recently reported that for years iPhone app developers have been allowed to store and sell data from users who allow access to their contact lists, which, in addition to phone numbers, may include other people’s photos and home addresses. According to some security experts, the Notes section—where people sometimes list Social Security numbers for their spouses or children or the entry codes for their apartment buildings—is particularly sensitive. In July, Apple added a rule to its contract with app makers banning the storage and sale of such data. It was done with little fanfare, probably because it won’t make much of a difference.
When developers get our information, and that of the acquaintances in our contacts list, it’s theirs to use and move around unseen by Apple. It can be sold to data brokers, shared with political campaigns, or posted on the internet. The new rule forbids that, but Apple does nothing to make it technically difficult for developers to harvest the information.
In the confidential memo, TBH’s founders told their new colleagues of “a psychological trick” that they employed to acquire teenage users en masse — a combination of scraping Instagram for high schoolers’ accounts, playing to youthful curiosity, and taking advantage of class dismissal hours.
Alarmingly, Google now deploys hidden trackers on 76% of websites across the web to monitor your behavior and Facebook has hidden trackers on about 25% of websites, according to the Princeton Web Transparency & Accountability Project. It is likely that Google and/or Facebook are watching you on most sites you visit, in addition to tracking you when using their products.
As a result, these two companies have amassed huge data profiles on individuals, which can include interests, past purchases, search, browsing and location history, and much more. This personal data is stored indefinitely and used for invasive targeted advertising that can follow you around the Internet.
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Facebook shared your data with at least four Chinese tech companies — Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo, and TCL — since at least 2010 – NY Times, Globe & Mail, Reuters // It’s scummy businesses like Facebook that make it necessary to have tough privacy and data protection laws.
‘Sure looks like Zuckerberg lied to Congress‘ – LA Times // This was intentional and he should face the consequences.
As a Canadian, a native Montrealer, and a huge Formula 1 fan, this is embarrassing. The Ferrari race team tweeted a video that identified the Toronto skyline as belonging to Montreal. That video has since been replaced. And in the typical Ferrari way, there is no apology. The 2018 Canadian Grand Prix takes place in Montreal (the one without the CN Tower) on Sunday. To add insult to injury, the race is contested on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit, named in honour of one of Ferrari’s most passionate and loved race drivers. More at CTV News
Worth experiencing: Interactive: Roxham – National Film Board of Canada
In early 2017, the number of asylum seekers arriving at Roxham Road sharply increased. This quiet and practically unknown road between the United States and Canada became the location with the largest number of irregular border crossings in the country.
More than 20 years ago, Vancouver doctors started noticing Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin was being abused, and yet the drug company continued to promoted it as being less addictive – NY Times // Is that enough to show criminal intent?
More than 2 years into public health emergency, officials in B.C. still struggle to slow deaths – CBC
‘Unintended Consequences’ — Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids – The Washington Post (paywall)
Teens dump Facebook for YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat – TechCrunch
1919: The Winnipeg general strike: 24,000 organized and unorganized workers in Winnipeg walked off the job. Another 6,000 would soon join them. It was the start of the largest strike in Canadian history.
1940: The first nylon stockings go on sale; 780,000 pairs are snapped up on the first day. Four million pairs sold out in four days. The material was developed by a scientist at DuPont.
“Download Your Data” hardly tells you everythingFacebook knows about you. Among the information not included:
information Facebook collects about your browsing history
information Facebook collects about the apps you visit and your activity within those apps
the advertisers who uploaded your contact information to Facebook more than two months earlier
ads that you interacted with more than two months prior
Download Your Data is particularly spotty when it comes to the information Facebook taps to display ads. Typically, Facebook uses information it collects or buys to place users into categories that advertisers can target. This can include data a user provides explicitly (your age), implicitly (which browser you use) or unknowingly (information on purchases from loyalty cards).