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Major tax services are sending your data to Meta and Google

A new report claims Meta and Google are being sent your tax filing information, including names, amounts along with ad tracking data, a serious privacy breach.
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Facebook teaches us all how web privacy works with Messenger Kids

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The Off-Facebook Activity tool lets you take control of your shared data

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I turned off Facebook’s ad trackers, and the ads only got more personalized

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If Facebook wants to stick around, it needs to disappear for a bit

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Facebook has suspended ‘tens of thousands’ of apps over private data use

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Facebook’s new oversight board could overturn Mark Zuckerberg’s decisions

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Off-Facebook Activity: How to control the private data apps and sites share with Facebook

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Facebook admits it was listening to your private conversations, too

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The EU could hit Facebook with billions in fines over privacy violations

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Privacy group sues FTC, says $5 billion Facebook fine is chump change

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If a $5 billion fine won’t get Facebook under control, what will?

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Facebook to pay a historic $5 billion penalty in final settlement with FTC

Facebook to pay a historic $5 billion penalty in final settlement with FTC

The FTC has officially penalized Facebook a groundbreaking $5 billion, the largest in FTC history. Facebook will also have to submit to new restrictions, as well as a modified corporate structure that will hold the company accountable in decisions made about users’ privacy. 
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Facebook let advertisers target you using two-factor authentication numbers

Facebook let advertisers target you using two-factor authentication numbers

A complaint coming with an expected $5 billion settlement between Facebook and the FTC will say that Facebook improperly allowed advertisers to use phone numbers users used for two-factor authentication to target ads.
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The FTC will hit Facebook with a $5 billion fine over privacy violations

The FTC will hit Facebook with a $5 billion fine over privacy violations

Facebook has agreed to a $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its numerous “privacy missteps." Once it goes through, this would be the largest FTC fine for a major technology company – and a huge chunk of cash for the world’s biggest social network.
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Did you give Facebook your phone number? You can’t delete it or make it private

Did you give Facebook your phone number? You can’t delete it or make it private

Facebook users may want to think twice before adding a phone number to two-factor authentication. Users are complaining that there's no way to delete the phone number from the account or prevent friends from looking you up by phone number. And Facebook has been doing it for years.
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Facebook users unknowingly gave companies permission to see private messages

Facebook users unknowingly gave companies permission to see private messages

Another day, another Facebook privacy scandal. Facebook's third-party API practices are once again under scrutiny after an investigative report showed Facebook gave companies access to private messages. Facebook says users gave permission for the access but that API guidelines are already under review.
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Facebook confirms it’s making a big move with many of its executives

Facebook confirms it’s making a big move with many of its executives

Facebook's leadership structure looks a bit different now -- but even users that don't care about the who's who of Facebook could see the effects as the company creates teams for privacy tools and blockchain technology. The change creates three divisions for Facebook, each with a number of different teams.
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Facebook labels you as a liberal or conservative — here’s how to turn it off

Facebook labels you as a liberal or conservative — here’s how to turn it off

As you click around Facebook, the social media network tracks whether your views are liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between, as well as your political party. Find that level of tracking creepy? There's an option to remove both labels inside the settings. Here's how.
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Facebook’s photo tag suggestions could violate Illinois law — and cost billions

Facebook’s photo tag suggestions could violate Illinois law — and cost billions

A federal judge has again dismissed Facebook's request to throw out a lawsuit that claims the social network's suggested photo tags tool breaks an Illinois law that prevents storing biometric data without consent. The suit seeks $5,000 for every resident in the system.
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Cambridge Analytica used more apps to steal data, former employee claims

Cambridge Analytica used more apps to steal data, former employee claims

During testimony to a U.K. Parliment committee, former Cambridge Aanlaytica employee Brittany Kaiser says she's "almost certain" the number of Facebook users with compromised data is more than 87 million, describing the ad tech industry as "wild west." She named at least two other apps designed to track data.
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9 things to know about Facebook privacy and Cambridge Analytica

9 things to know about Facebook privacy and Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica's use of purchased data mined from a third-party app is drawing scrutiny to Facebook's privacy practices. So what should users know about the mess that follows?
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Facebook apologizes after a glitch saved discarded webcam videos

Facebook apologizes after a glitch saved discarded webcam videos

Facebook found a bug that saved discarded draft videos shot on the platform with a webcam, but says those videos will be deleted from the platform's data.
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Facebook rolls out stricter rules regarding email-targeted advertisements

Facebook rolls out stricter rules regarding email-targeted advertisements

In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook is pursing stricter enforcement of its privacy rules regarding advertisers.
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Facebook: Yes, we track your calls and texts, but you told us we could

Facebook: Yes, we track your calls and texts, but you told us we could

Facebook confirmed that it has been tracking Android users' call and text history, but says the feature is only used when users give permission to sync their contacts.
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Facebook under fire in Europe for lack of transparency over data practices

Facebook under fire in Europe for lack of transparency over data practices

Officials in France and the Netherlands are saying Facebook hasn't done enough to keep individuals informed about how it uses their data.
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Lock down your Facebook profile security with the social network’s new privacy tool

Lock down your Facebook profile security with the social network’s new privacy tool

Worried about your Facebook privacy? Then you need to check out the social network's new profile security guide: Privacy Basics.
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Facebook denies using your location data to suggest friends

Facebook denies using your location data to suggest friends

Facebook privacy is once again in the spotlight after the social network admitted to tracking its users’ locations in order to offer up suggested friends.
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Facebook loses first stage of privacy lawsuit over photo-tagging feature

Facebook loses first stage of privacy lawsuit over photo-tagging feature

Facebook is set to face a privacy lawsuit regarding its photo-tagging feature after a judge rejected the social network’s request to have it dismissed.
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Facebook’s latest test feature notifies you if someone is impersonating your account

Facebook’s latest test feature notifies you if someone is impersonating your account

Facebook is reportedly testing a new feature that will alert you when someone is suspected of impersonating your account.
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Student files privacy lawsuit against Facebook, gets 2,000+ people to join him

Student files privacy lawsuit against Facebook, gets 2,000+ people to join him

Facebook is under fire for privacy violations in Europe, after Austrian Maximilian Schrems gained thousands of supporters for his class-action lawsuit.
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Loophole lets anyone see part of your Facebook friend list, even if it’s set to private

Loophole lets anyone see part of your Facebook friend list, even if it’s set to private

Facebook doesn't think it's a problem, but your friend list isn't as private as you think it is.
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This video proves we still don’t understand how much we’re sharing on social networks

This video proves we still don’t understand how much we’re sharing on social networks

This video, called Social Media Experiment, makes it all too clear how easy it is to know a lot about you.
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Here’s a Facebook game where nobody’s a winner

Here’s a Facebook game where nobody’s a winner

If you have nothing better to do, give yourself a refresher on Facebook security through this new game.