Facebook says they’ll stop abusing your privacy [a little bit]

” Facebook Inc will no longer feed user phone numbers provided to it for two-factor authentication into its “people you may know” feature, as part of a wide-ranging overhaul of its privacy practices, the company told Reuters.

” Revelations last year that Facebook was using personal data obtained for two-factor authentication to serve advertisements enraged privacy advocates, who called the practice deceptive and said it eroded trust in an essential digital security tool…

” Facebook initiated the updates in connection with its $5 billion settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which required it to boost safeguards on user data to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices.

The FTC order, which is still pending approval in court, said Facebook failed to disclose that the phone numbers provided for two-factor authentication also would be used for advertising, and specifically barred that approach to security tools.

If a thief has to change style, methods, to stay out of jail – while continuing to steal – of course, he will exert the effort.

Juul e-cigarettes deliberately addictive profile matches Marlboros – minus the bad smell


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” The nicotine formula used by controversial e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc is nearly identical to the flavour and addictive profile of Altria Group Inc’s highly successful Marlboro cigarette brand, new research suggests…

The formulation of Juul’s nicotine aerosol was designed to make it far easier for users to inhale larger quantities of nicotine without gagging, gasping or coughing – or even noticing.

” “It becomes obvious why novice users, people who’ve never smoked before, find it easy to try Juul,” said David Peyton, a professor of chemistry at Portland State University who worked on the study, published in the journal Tobacco Control. “And once you try it, you’re getting dosed with a high concentration of nicotine…”

” By adding organic acids to liquid nicotine, San Francisco-based Juul was able to reduce the amount of “freebase nicotine” in the aerosol that users inhale.

Freebase nicotine, common in e-cigarette liquid prior to Juul’s arrival in 2015, is harsh and difficult to inhale at high concentrations. Juul virtually eliminated the harsh side effects.

” Juul Labs did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new study’s findings.

Pretty standard non-response from criminal fraudsters. That’s what the lawyers on retainer are for.