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.

One thought on “Facebook says they’ll stop abusing your privacy [a little bit]

  1. Zuckered says:

    Cybersecurity researchers said on Thursday that more than 267 million Facebook users had their personal data exposed in an online database that collected their names, Facebook IDs, and phone numbers. The database was available online without a password to anyone who accessed it for about two weeks, according to Comparitech, a tech website, and Bob Diachenko, a data-security researcher. https://www.comparitech.com/blog/information-security/267-million-phone-numbers-exposed-online/
    Facebook said Thursday it will soon ban misinformation about the 2020 census in a bid to “promote an accurate count of every person in the country” — its latest effort to combat criticism over its handling of political disinformation on the platform.
    The ban covers content by politicians as well as advertisers, and prohibits posts that mislead Americans about where, when and how to participate in the census. https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/19/tech/facebook-census-suppression-policy/index.html
    Detecting relapse in youth with psychotic disorders utilizing patient-generated and patient-contributed digital data from Facebook https://www.nature.com/articles/s41537-019-0085-9

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