Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and five other technology executives met with President Barack Obama at the White House last Friday to discuss the National Security Agency and government surveillance, but the meeting apparently did not adequately address Zuckerberg’s concerns, based on a statement released by the social network.
Former Bebo Vice President of Engineering and current PhotoSugar CEO Darius Contractor joined FWD.us, the political advocacy group established by Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as chief technology officer, TechCrunch reported.
Facebook Signs Letter Seeking More Transparency From Federal Government On National Security Data Requests
Facebook was among the more than 60 companies, investors, civil-liberties groups, and trade groups to sign a letter to top federal government officials requesting the ability to disclose more information about data requests related to national security, Time reported, as fallout from the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative continues.
Former Facebook Director of Engineering Ari Steinberg, who headed the social network’s Seattle office, left the company last October, saying that he planned to launch a travel startup. That travel startup is Vamo, which raised $1.6 million in capital, according to TechCrunch.
Facebook still uses encryption keys with 1,024-bit lengths, while the industry standard used by Internet companies — including Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, Dropbox, and MySpace — is 2,048 bits, and that may have enabled the National Security Agency to more easily gain access to its servers, CNET reported.
Application security provider MyPermissions Thursday launched real-time application-permissions scanners in the form of apps for iOS and Android and a plugin for Google Chrome, aimed at keeping users in the loop on what personally identifiable information is being sought by apps.
Friday seems to be a popular day for debuting Instagram applications and services, as startup Piccolo announced its beta launch, aimed at allowing users to automatically receive printed copies of their photos on Facebook and Instagram each month, as well as having those same photos sent to family or friends.
Facebook responded to the bombshell reports Thursday about a long-term Internet-spying initiative led by the National Security Agency, code-named Prism, by denying that it has ever allowed any government agency to have direct access to its servers.