A new patent filed by Facebook shows that FB may use phone, tablet and laptop cameras to spy on you.
The Daily Mail reports that Facebook filed a patent called “Techniques for emotion detection and content delivery” to collect “passive imaging data” by cameras that are not turned on, an act which experts are calling an “ethical minefield.”
Former FBI Director James Comey to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg have admitted to covering up device cameras when not in use.
Snippets From May 10, 2016‘s “Is Facebook Violating Your Privacy Rights? “ freeadvice.com
Facebook launched a “Tag Suggestions” feature in 2010 that is meant to encourage users to tag photographs. A “tag” links a person in a photograph posted to Facebook to that person’s Facebook profile. “Tag Suggestions” uses facial recognition software to compare faces in uploaded photographs to other faces on Facebook in an attempt to associate those faces with Facebook profiles. If the software matches a face to a Facebook user, it will suggest that the photograph be tagged with the user’s name.
A federal class action lawsuit in the Northern District of California alleges that Facebook’s use of facial recognition technology violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). That law prohibits companies from gathering biometric data from consumers without their permission.
Other very interesting snippets from this article:
” Biometric information to which the law applies includes a retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint, or scan of hand or face geometry”
Although Texas and Connecticut have joined Illinois in enacting biometric data protection laws, the remaining 47 states have no law protecting biometric data.
11 Jun 2016
Facebook is going to delete your synced photos in a few weeks’ time unless you install another of its apps.
Now if that sentence puzzled you, you’re not alone. Many users have no idea that the synced photos album even exists, or that Facebook may have had access to their private photos since 2012.
Back then, the ‘synced’ or ‘synced from phone’ section of Facebook photos was launched, but most users did not know that this gave the app access to their private albums.
The update allowed Facebook users to sync automatically all the photos taken on their iPhone with their social profile, reports TechCrunch.
May 19, 2016
Facebook may have violated federal privacy laws by scanning private messages, according to a lawsuit certified for class action yesterday in Northern California District Court. The allegations center around Facebook’s practice of scanning and logging URLs sent through the site’s private messaging system.
“Through the discovery process, the plaintiffs have gained significant access to Facebook source code and engineers, although many of the resulting exhibits are still under seal. The available court records strongly suggest that the company maintains a persistent record of the links sent in private messages. As the plaintiffs’ attorneys put it, “the records that Facebook creates from its users’ private messages, and which are stored indefinitely, may be put to any use, for any reason, by any Facebook employee, at any time.”
“According to that analysis, each messaged URL is stored in a private message database dubbed “Titan,” which shows the date and time a message was sent, along with the user IDs of both the sender and the recipient.”
Read more at theverge.com
A security vulnerability has allowed an interception which could allow someone to read encrypted messages has been found within its WhatsApp messaging service.
Read more at theguardian.com
WhatsApp vulnerability could expose messages to prying eyes, report …
Jan 20, 2017 – However, security experts claim that the threat is ‘remote’ and ‘limited in scope,’ and call for a retraction by The Guardian.
Facebook Patches Vulnerability in Messenger App | SecurityWeek.Com
Jun 7, 2016 – Researchers discovered that Facebook Messenger is plagued by a vulnerability that allows hackers to replace the content of the messages …