+ Sunday July 21st, 2019

News and Editorial

Facebook makes Huawei phones more desirable by removing its spyware (er, app) from new Huawei phones

There’s been lots of media speculation (and US government speculation) about Huawei spying or being a national security risk, but it’s mostly just speculation. Neither the US (nor other governments) have offered up much if any evidence to back the claims. When it comes to Facebook, though, we all know …

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Instagram is this week’s leaky ship, with users’ private contact details exposed via profile pages

It’s a day ending in “y”, which means it’s time for a reminder of how Facebook handles your private data – badly. Today it’s Instagram’s turn, with users’ contact details exposed in web profiles regardless of whether the user chose to make it public or not. CNET reports that contact …

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Facebook Messenger now allows you to respond directly to users based on messages in a group thread

Most users these days are in group chats: Messenger, Whatsapp, Telegram, Slack… The list goes on with supporting apps. But the problem is you can often end up with several conversation threads between individuals happening which gets noisy and confusing if you’re not active in the chat at the time. …

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Facebook wants to connect messaging from WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram

In the beginning, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook were three separate apps from three separate companies that had little to do with each other. In 2019, though, these services are all owned by Facebook, and though operated somewhat independently, there are reports that’s about to change. According to a report in …

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Up to 61% of Android Apps could be be sending your personal data to Facebook without your consent

Facebook has been caught with its hands in your personal data jar, again. It’s come to light that an SDK provided by Facebook to app developers has been siphoning off your personal data, without you ever logging into Facebook or giving consent. GDPR violation anyone? The revelations came after security …

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Facebook’s “Clear History” feature taking longer to develop – will begin testing in Autumn 2019

Facebook has been fighting a number of privacy issues in 2018, including multiple privacy breaches and bugs and compromising millions of users’ data entrusted to the company. So, when Facebook announced that it will be bringing a new “Clear History” feature during its F8 conference earlier this year, it was …

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