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Facebook Decides to Back Off Creepy Hospital Data-Sharing Project for Some Reason

In what might be the shortest time yet for an Onion headline to nearly mirror reality, Facebook has backed off plans to share sensitive info about your inner life with doctors and hospitals. And all it took was the company being embroiled in a cataclysmic data-sharing scandal. Read More >>

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Facebook Just Updated Its Terms and Data Policy—Good Luck Understanding It

In what it presumably hopes will be seen as swift and stern action to inform and protect its users, Facebook announced new terms of service and a new data policy on Wednesday. Don’t worry, though, it’s not like the company has gone soft in its war on privacy. It’s just more explicitly copping to the stuff people are already mad about. Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg: Boy That EU Privacy Law Is Great, Just You Know, Only in the EU

Facebook has spent the past few weeks on an apology tour amid the fallout of its Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal, in which the company lost control of extensive information on 50 million users harvested without their consent. They’ve dispatched founder Mark Zuckerberg to recite talking points, shuffled around some privacy settings, recalibrated Zuckerberg’s talking points, and in between relatively meaningless other directives, taken out full-page newspaper ads saying sorry (and subtly mentioning they expect other similar incidents to emerge). Read More >>

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Grindr Shares Users’ HIV Statuses With Third Parties, Researchers Find

Popular gay dating app Grindr has been sharing users’ HIV statuses with third parties without informing users, BuzzFeed reported Monday. Read More >>

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Facebook: Would It Help If We Traded Less User Info With Huge Data Brokers?

Facebook’s big data-sharing scandal apology tour continued on Wednesday with the announcement the site would be cancelling its “Partner Categories” advertising section, in which the site partners with third-party data brokers to aggregate even more monetisable information about users. Read More >>

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Zuckerberg’s Full-Page Newspaper Ads on Facebook Data Scandal: ‘We Expect There Are Others’

Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg seem increasingly worried about the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica data-scraping scandal, which has put a renewed focus on the terrifying amount of info it has accumulated on its users, and specifically how doling all that information out to third parties for profit is its real business model. The company’s stock has fallen 13 percent, even as it’s launched a PR offensive including a series of rare Zuckerberg interview on CNN and elsewhere. Read More >>

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Here’s How to Share as Little Data as Possible Without Deleting Facebook

As you may have realised by now, Facebook can’t be trusted with your data, and has been caught out time and time again letting it leak out to places it shouldn’t. If you can’t quite bring yourself to close down your account—maybe there’s a support group or family connections you’d like to keep active—then here’s how to restrict the amount of data Facebook has got on you. Read More >>

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Wow, Spotify’s New Privacy Policy is Atrocious

There’s a new privacy policy going into effect with the latest Spotify update, and the TL;DR version is that if you’re at all concerned about data privacy you might want to jump ship now. Read More >>