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Oculus privacy update lets you know what it knows about you

Oculus privacy update lets you know what it knows about you

Facebook as really stirred the hornet's nest when it comes to privacy matters. Now everyone is scrutinizing privacy policies and putting companies under a microscope. You might not immediately think of Oculus as one such company, but now that it is owned by Facebook, it naturally has come under the spotlight as well. It has just announced some changes to its Privacy Policies in light of the upcoming GDPR changes in Europe. Its FAQ, however, makes it too obvious what really caused the change.

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Facebook and Oculus data privacy update: AR and data download

Facebook and Oculus data privacy update: AR and data download

Oculus users were sent an update sheet today for the near-future of the VR platform owned by Facebook. In preparation for the European Union's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules in-effect date, Oculus is taking action. This May, new tools will be launched for Oculus users, including a new Privacy Center, Updated Terms of Service, Updated Privacy Policy, and a new Code of Conduct added to the Oculus official Terms of Service. Also you'll be able to download all your data - so that's neat.

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Facebook’s making chips! Or at least researching silicon

Facebook’s making chips! Or at least researching silicon

Rumor has it Facebook is aiming to create their own semiconductors in the near future. That's chips, processors - the things in your smartphone that make it able to think. If Facebook did indeed take up arms to create chips, they'd be going up against competition like Samsung, Qualcomm, AMD, Intel, and a few more that'll be getting into the game soon - think Apple.

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Quit Facebook but keep your account: Here’s how

Quit Facebook but keep your account: Here’s how

Don't quit Facebook - just turn the right parts off. There's a switch in Facebook that'll turn down all the noise. There's a switch in Facebook that'll turn OFF your need to share all your private info. That switch is called "Unfollow" - and it's been there for a long, long time. It's just a little bit hidden - because Facebook doesn't really want you to use it.

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Facebook’s fate is skepticism even when it’s innocent

Facebook’s fate is skepticism even when it’s innocent

A new leak on how Facebook uses AI to predict users most susceptible to advertising has thrown trust in the social network back into the spotlight. The company has not been shy in discussing its work on artificial intelligence, which it uses in numerous ways to filter what it believes its users will be most interested in - and will keep them coming back for more.

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You’re apathetic about privacy, and Facebook is counting on it

You’re apathetic about privacy, and Facebook is counting on it

Facebook may be under scrutiny from privacy regulators, and its CEO in the hot seat in front of Congress, but the social network doesn't expect any of this outrage to affect its bottom line. The site has been repeatedly struck with negative headlines over the past month, beginning with revelations about how it provided third-party apps with user data and allegations that such data was used to manipulate the 2016 US presidential election.

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Facebook Shadow Profiles: The 5 things you need to know

Facebook Shadow Profiles: The 5 things you need to know

Today Mark Zuckerberg publicly denied knowledge of the term "Shadow Profile" at a congressional hearing. Zuckerberg did not deny knowledge of the definition of Facebook's shadow profiles, but he did attempt to cut ties between the definition and the commonly-known name for the subject. Today we've got a quick primer on the Facebook-made Shadow Profile.

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Zuckerberg hearing LIVE: Every dodged question

Zuckerberg hearing LIVE: Every dodged question

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke to several congressional boards this week on privacy and public use of Facebook. Today we're running down the many questions which seemed to make Zuckerberg nervous or otherwise ended up with an answer by Zuckerberg that could've been called "dodging the question." The judgements I and we make here are subjective - keep that in mind whilst perusing the list.

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Privacy settings: it’s time to check them and here’s how

Privacy settings: it’s time to check them and here’s how

Thanks to Facebook, online privacy has come under the spotlight once again. But if history repeats itself, the issue will blow over after a year or so and people, especially end users, will have forgotten the lessons they learned or should have learned from the fiasco. So while the topic is hot and the fear fresh in our minds, it’s best to take stock of the places where we leave our digital footprints and make sure that those are really the only things we leave behind.

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Your personal Facebook messages may also have been shared

Your personal Facebook messages may also have been shared

Facebook has quietly revealed that its huge data sharing snafu with Cambridge Analytica might have seen users personal messages shared with the firm, an unpleasant side-effect of its old third-party app settings. The social network finds itself under siege, with Mark Zuckerberg appearing in front of the US Congress today to explain exactly what went wrong and allowed data on millions of users to be so widely shared.

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Here’s how to see your Facebook info shared with Cambridge Analytica

Here’s how to see your Facebook info shared with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal seems unending, but this week, users are finally getting some answers about whether or not their data was shared. Yesterday, Facebook began surfacing links at the top of News Feeds to help users understand what kind of data they're sharing with third-party apps. Today, the company took things one step further and launched a new tool that allows users to see if their information was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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Facebook just suspended another app firm over new user data allegations

Facebook just suspended another app firm over new user data allegations

Facebook's problems continue grow after another data firm has been caught allegedly using the platform to collect user info. According to a recent report that brought the issue to light, Facebook has suspended Cubeyou, a data analytics firm that was allegedly using quizzes to gather information on users. These quizzes were labeled as for "non-profit academic research," but the user data was reportedly shared with marketers.

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