Foursquare to Share More User Data
Foursquare recently announced impending changes to its privacy policies. The changes, set to go into effect January 28, 2013, will begin with revealing the full first and last names of users. Previously, the site only displayed the first name and last initial on user profiles. Foursquare will also make it easier for businesses and/or venues to access check-in data by making it available for a longer period of time. Foursquare said that users of its social location sharing service can control these details via the account setting tools.
Facebook Overhauls Privacy Tools Visibility and Ease-of-Use
Facebook today made new controls available to uses for managing their account, settings, and data. To start, Facebook says it redesigned the entire settings menu on mobile devices to improve discoverability.
Google Maps Improves Location-Sharing Tools
Google today made it possible for Maps users to share their exact location with friends and family. In Maps, users need only tap the blue dot (signifying their location) and select those with whom they'd like to share.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
FTC Investigating Facebook's Privacy Practices
The Federal Trade Commission today said it is examining Facebook's privacy policies and practices. The inquiry comes as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data of millions of Facebook users shared by an app to an analysis firm that use it create profiles of U.S.
Facebook Aims to Simplify Connecting with Others Via Messenger
Facebook is adding several tools to its Messenger service with the the goal of making it easier to begin conversations with others. To start, the company is rolling out Messenger Codes, which allows people to scan one another's code and begin chatting.