Facebook to Sever Ties with Data Brokers In Bid to Boost Privacy
Facebook said it will end partnerships with a handful of large data brokerage firms. The companies in question help advertising firms fine-tune their targeting of Facebook users. The firms are given access to information about Facebook users likes and ad preferences in order to push more relevant ads. Facebook said it will wind down these firms' access to the data mining tool over a six-month period. The social network is making the move in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data of millions of Facebook users passed to a company that used it to create profiles of American voters. Facebook has made other privacy-related moves the week, such as improving the visibility of its privacy settings and making it easier for users to manage or delete their data.
Nov 19, 2018
Instagram today said it is taking steps to reduce what it calls "inauthentic activity" across the social network. The company says more accounts have begun to use third-party apps to boost their follower numbers and inflate like counts.
Jan 16, 2018
Some people who work for the U.S. government don't want AT&T and other firms doing business with Huawei, according to Reuters.
Apr 4, 2018
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.
Sep 16, 2017
Apple this week provided more detail concerning some of the behaviors of its forthcoming Face ID tech on the iPhone X and Safari in iOS 11. Concerning the former, Apple executive Craig Federighi explained to Techcrunch that "[Apple does] not gather customer data when you enroll in Face ID, it stays on your device, we do not send it to the cloud for training data." Instead, all the data created by the dot projector is processed locally on the A11 bionic chip.
Jun 19, 2018
Following moves made earlier in the day by Verizon and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have now said they also will cease sharing customer location data with certain third-party apps and services. Sprint said it is "beginning the process of terminating its current contracts with data aggregators to whom we provide location data." T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted, "I've personally evaluated this issue & have pledged that @tmobile will not sell customer location data to shady middlemen." The matter rose to attention after some third-party location brokers left the real-time data of millions of customers unprotected.