Facebook admits tracking users and non-users off-site

Statement comes as company faces US lawsuit over facial recognition feature launched in 2011 and planned to expand to EU

Facebook has released more information on the social media platform’s tracking of users off-site, after CEO Mark Zuckerberg failed to answer questions about the process from US politicians and as the company prepares to fight a lawsuit over facial recognition in California.

In a blog post, Facebook product management director David Baser wrote that the company tracks users and non-users across websites and apps for three main reasons: providing services directly, securing the company’s own site, and “improving our products and services”.

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I was one of the first people on Facebook. I shouldn’t have trusted Mark Zuckerberg

I remember when, at Harvard, my friends and I heard about a new website that promised to enhance our lives. Fourteen years later I see how wrong we were

Fourteen years, two months, and eight days ago, I made a mistake. Like a lot of mistakes made at the age of 20 inside a college dorm room, it involved trusting a man I shouldn’t have, and it still affects me to this day.

No, Mark Zuckerberg didn’t give me herpes. But in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, I have been thinking back to my decision to sign up for thefacebook.com on the site’s fifth day in existence, and I am struck by the parallels between Zuckerberg’s creation and a pesky (if generally benign) virus. Facebook isn’t going to kill me, but it has wormed its way into all of my relationships, caused me to infect other people, and I will never, ever be fully rid of it.

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The People vs Tech by Jamie Bartlett review – once more into the digital apocalypse

The latest treatise on technology taking over our lives suggests democratic systems are incompatible with the digital age, but the theory lacks coherence

There is a clear, algorithmic formula for writing books about technology and society in 2018. Authors are generally required to be male, their documented personal journey must have been from that of techno-optimist to techno-sceptic to techno-panicker. There must be an urgent existential threat to either democracy or humanity lurking in the code base of Silicon Valley companies. The intractable crisis is not so profound, however, that it cannot be solved by a hail of partially thought-through remedies tacked on in the appendix.

This recipe is producing a growing body of what might be termed “techlash” literature: the backlash against Silicon Valley and its seemingly unstoppable accretion of wealth, data and cultural and political capital. Where once we might have read expansive works of science fiction creating vivid and ambiguous alternative realities to help us navigate the future, now we have worrisome documentaries of threats so present they have often played out by the time the galley hits the review pile. In the last year several notable techlash titles have appeared, including Franklin Foer’s World Without Mind, Tim Wu’s The Attention Merchants and Jonathan Taplin’s Move Fast and Break Things.

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Facebook paid $7.3m for Mark Zuckerberg’s security last year

In all the company has spent about $20m on security and private planes for Zuckerberg since 2015. The security funds were required ‘due to specific threats to his safety’

Facebook increased its spending on security for Mark Zuckerberg by 50% last year, the company has disclosed, paying more than $7.3m (£5.1m) to protect its top executive.

The security funds were required “due to specific threats to his safety arising directly as a result of his position as our founder, chairman, and CEO,” the under-fire social media company said in a new filing to US regulators.

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How Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony lurched from easy ride to privacy headache

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Facebook founder was lost for words, as Representatives asked questions about user tracking around the net As Mark Zuckerberg left Congress on Tuesday after testifying to the Senate, he may have felt relieved. The four-hour Q&A session had been Läs mer…

Did senators questioning Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg understand the internet? – video

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech The Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, faced five hours of questioning on Capitol Hill for the first time on Tuesday. However, questions and comments from some of the senators ranged from less technically informed to the bizarre, raising the question: Läs mer…

Jimmy Kimmel Picked Out the Funniest Parts of Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimony So You Don’t Have to

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, Time After creating an edited version of the first day of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress, Jimmy Kimmel realized that he didn’t even need to change the footage from Day 2 for it to be hilarious. During Wednesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Läs mer…

I’m angry at Facebook – but I’m also addicted. How do I break free?

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Like you, I have no idea how to wean myself off the platform, but acknowledgement is the first step to recovery If you would like advice from Emma Brockes on how to be a human online, send us a Läs mer…

Fact-checking Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony about Facebook privacy

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech When it came to data collection, the CEO cleverly deflected lawmakers’ scrutiny. Here are the claims that don’t stand up Report: Zuckerberg grilled over user tracking Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg remained calm and composed as he sat through more Läs mer…

Mark Zuckerberg Leaves Washington With Bumps and Bruises, but Nothing Worse

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, Time The American attention span is short these days, and so you’re forgiven if you forgot that as recently as January people thought very seriously that Mark Zuckerberg might run for president in 2020. It wasn’t an absurd suggestion: The 33-year-old wunderkind Läs mer…

Zuckerberg faces Congress: the biggest highlights from day two – video

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech The Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, again faced lengthy questioning from Congress on Wednesday. The key topic of debate was the company’s ability to track users in areas such as shopping habits, browsing histories and users’ locations. Zuckerberg also revealed Läs mer…

Zuckerberg put on back foot as House grills Facebook CEO over user tracking

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech In his second day on Capitol Hill, Zuckerberg says his own data was handed to Cambridge Analytica Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hearing The Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was given a rougher ride on his second Läs mer…

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hearing: five things we learned

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech The CEO’s privacy is as vulnerable as ours, and the social network faces a regulation battle His data was sold to a malicious third party as well, he confirmed, in an answer to a question from the Democratic representative Läs mer…

Jimmy Kimmel Edits Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimony With Even Better Questions From Senators

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, Time To some, Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress was already funny enough on its own. But of course, Jimmy Kimmel had to go and make it all the more hilarious. During Tuesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the late night host aired Läs mer…

Mark Zuckerberg testimony: Facebook CEO faces second day of questioning – live

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Facebook CEO appears at Senate hearing to answer questions over data misuse in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations Full report: Zuckerberg vows to fight election meddling Analysis: Congress tried to crack CEO – but Facebook still has Läs mer…