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US Army warns about the risks of geotagging

Posted  March 14, 2012 The security risk of geotagging is obvious for soldiers: Every time your smartphone uploads a photo to Facebook, it includes exact latitude and longitude. The same goes for anybody: Geotagging on Timeline, Foursquare et al. presents a Dummies Guide to Stalking. Here’s the story on Naked Security.   

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Is Facebook really preventing critics from downloading their account data?

Posted March 7, 2012 One departing user—a vocal critic of the social network—is claiming that Facebook simply doesn’t want to say goodbye to his data, perhaps as a way to antagonize one of its critics. I don’t think it’s a malevolent move; more like a lack of attentiveness when it comes to something that doesn’t […]

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Over 90% of Facebook users hate having photos of them posted without approval

Posted February 16, 2012 Facebook users overwhelmingly agree that it’s unacceptable to post photos or videos of them without asking permission first. Some even think it should be illegal. Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t provide a way to force your friends to request your approval before tagging you in a photo. Read the article on Naked Security.

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‘Deleted’ Facebook photos survive online three years later

Posted February 8, 2012 Over two years after the issue was first raised, Facebook has admitted that it’s still working on deleting photos from legacy servers in a timely manner. Bottom line: Photos you wanted to permanently erase may still be found on Facebook’s servers. Read the story on Naked Security. 

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Facebook ducks U.S. privacy questions

Posted January 11, 2012 Facebook seems to be digging themselves another privacy hole after just agreeing to a settlement to protect privacy with the FTC. Congressman Markey and Barton are accusing Facebook of dodging questions about how they track users when not using Facebook. Here’s the Naked Security article.

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MyPermissions offers one-stop shop to clean up social media permissions

Posted January 5, 2012 MyPermissions makes it simple to manage what applications and websites can access your online accounts. It well might be time to get into the habit of regularly checking what you’ve given permission to, and whether you still want to grant a third party app or site access to your account. For rumination […]

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Divorcing couple must swap Facebook and dating site passwords

The courts have no problem separating individuals from their supposed privacy and confidentiality, regardless of what Twitter, Facebook et al. might state in their terms of service. Here’s the story.

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Facebook nears settlement with FTC on privacy opt-in

The settlement addresses charges that the company misled users about how it would use their personal information. Facebook would be required to obtain user consent before making “material retroactive changes” but wouldn’t have to change current policies. I really hope I get feedback on this one, because honestly, I don’t know if I’m reading the […]

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How to find out everything that Facebook *really* knows about you

Max Schrems, a 24-year-old law student from Vienna, a meticulous document requester and researcher, is now sitting on a pile of 1,200 pages that comprise his personal-data Facebook dossier. Huge kudos to Mr. Schrems for filling 22 complaints against Facebook for repeated, pervasive privacy missteps. Read the story on Naked Security.    

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