Instagram users will soon be able to download all of their data

Instagram’s users will soon be able to download their data. In light of the recent controversy surrounding how Facebook shares its users’ data with others, an Instagram spokesperson has confirmed to TechCrunch that it will be introducing a new tool, similar to the one Facebook offers, that will allow its users to download their data.

As part of this, the downloaded information will include all of the images and videos shared on the social network, as well as any posts or Instagram Stories that are stored in the user’s archive. In addition, any direct messaging history, be it a private chat …

WhatsApp assures users their data is safe.

As we have reported previously, WhatsApp is owned by Facebook. Apparently WhatsApp has posted a new FAQ section that reassures users that their data and communications are private. It may come as no surprise that the company has slipped this on to the site, considering the public uproar over the Facebook controversy. what is especially interesting is that this addition to the FAQ has come not long after the founder of WhatsApp recommended users delete Facebook via his Twitter account. It is possible that the company worried that the founder’s tweet may link the app to the controversy and therefore …

Majority of U.S. Facebook users say their personal data is unsafe; class action lawsuit is filed

On the day that Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate, a CBS News/YouGov survey was released that shows what American Facebook users are thinking about the social network following the Cambridge Analytica revelations. To recap very briefly, it appears that 87 million Facebook profiles were used by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica without permission, possibly violating a consent decree that Facebook signed with the FTC back in 2011. The FTC is investigating.

According to a survey of U.S. based Facebook users, 63% believe that their personal data …

Data concerns: YouTube under fire from child advocacy groups

In a week swirling with news regarding privacy concerns, an alliance of child advocacy and privacy groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Google. According to one of the groups Commercial Free Childhood, the complaint was filed on April 4, 2018. The complaint alleges that Google is violating the Children Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires parental consent prior to data collection for sites that are aware of children using that site. The document claims that YouTube is aware that children regularly access the site based upon …

Under Armour MyFitnessPall app hacked, exposing data of 150 million user accounts

Sports apparel company Under Armour has gained quite the popularity in the past few years and you’ve probably noticed that. It now competes with the top dogs of the industry, including Nike, Adidas, and Puma. Under Armour also offers a fitness app and service called MyFitnessPal. It tracks your calorie income, has info about numerous diets and fitness programs, you get the idea. Now, before you call us SportsArena (actually, that sounds somewhat compelling) let’s go straight to the topic – it turns out MyFitnessPal has been hacked, resulting in the breach of 150 million accounts. Yikes. 

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Facebook's Zuckerberg agrees to testify April 10th during a Senate hearing on data privacy

As the fallout from the scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica continues, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been invited to testify at a hearing to be held on April 10th by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearing will focus on data privacy and sources inside Facebook say that Zuckerberg will testify. Also receiving invitations to appear at the hearing are Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Both men might feel the pressure to testify if Zuckerberg agrees to appear. The CEOs who do attend are sure to be grilled relentlessly by committee members.

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In full-page ads, Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook's failure to protect users' personal data

A letter from Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears in nine Sunday papers today in the form of a full-page advertisement. The letter, which includes the Facebook logo and Zuckerberg’s signature, contains an apology of sorts. Citing the data on 50 million Facebook users that researcher and former Cambridge University professor Aleksandr Kogan leaked to Cambridge Analytica without permission (some reports allege that Kogan sold the data to the consulting firm), Zuckerberg says that this represented a “breach of trust.” In addition, the executive said that he is sorry that Facebook didn’t …

Tim Cook says consumer data needs more protection

This morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared at the annual China Development Forum in Beijing. In the midst of reports that 50 million Facebook users allegedly had their profiles used by Cambridge Analytica without their permission, Cook called for “well crafted” regulations to protect consumer data. The executive said that Apple has been worrying for years about people turning over personal data without fully understanding how it would be used.

Cook went on to say that certain information should not be readily available to use as a way to build a psychological profile. “The ability of anyone …

Facebook investigating a current employee who has ties to that Trump-linked data firm


The hits keep on coming for Facebook.

On Friday, the social media company booted the Donald Trump campaign-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica from its platform. On Saturday, we learned why: The firm played a role in secretly harvesting data belonging to more than 50 million users.

On Sunday, a third bomb dropped: Joseph Chancellor, currently a researcher at Facebook, may be connected to this whole mess.

A Sunday report from CNN reveals that Chancellor previously served as a director of Global Science Research (GSR). When whistleblower Christopher Wylie teamed up with Cambridge University’s Aleksandr Kogan to develop an app that could harvest Facebook user data, GSR was the company that data funneled through. Read more…

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Nintendo Switch launched one year ago. Your save data is still at risk.


Nintendo Switch launched on March 3, 2017. Today, exactly one year later, you’re still at risk of losing all your save data in the event of a hardware failure.

We’ve talked about this beforeMore than once. It’s an ongoing problem. The Switch is a great gaming machine, but this omnipresent dark cloud that still hovers over it is baffling.

Can you name another game-playing device released in the past 25 years that didn’t offer some way to protect your data? Proprietary memory cards, game cartridges with built-in storage of their own, flash drives, SD cards, cloud storage — different machines do it in different ways, but the feature itself is a given. An expectation. Read more…

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