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Your friends are sharing your info through Facebook apps (and they don’t even know it)

Facebook reached 1 billion users today, so we figured it was a good time for a privacy PSA. Even without your permission, many Facebook apps can access your data with your friends’ permission. Many of the most used apps–including Skype, Yahoo, and Daily Horoscope–include this loophole. The career networking app BranchOut is a good example: […]

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Facebook gets $20 million slap on the wrist for using you in advertising

On July 12th, a District Court judge will decide whether to approve Facebook’s proposed settlement regarding the allegedly unlawful use of its members’ images in their Sponsored Stories ads.  Previously, members had no way to stop Facebook from using them in these ads, but under the proposed settlement, they’ll be able to limit (but not […]

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3 privacy predictions for the Facebook IPO

Facebook is expected to have its Initial Public Offering (IPO) this Friday, May 18th, and everyone’s wondering what a post-IPO Facebook will be like. Quick background:  an IPO (or “going public,” as it’s commonly called) means that shares in the Facebook company will be sold on the Nasdaq Stock Market.  For most regular people, this […]

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Facebook’s going public, but you don’t have to: #GoPrivate with Abine

Facebook is expected to have its Initial Public Offering (IPO) this Friday, May 18th, and we’ll have IPO-related posts, events, charitable drives, and promotions all week.  First order of business:  if you’re a Facebook user, what might the IPO mean for you? First of all, an IPO (or “going public,” as it’s commonly called) simply […]

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