Security outfit MyPermissions released version 3.0 of its Android application, which provides users with a dashboard displaying all apps on their devices that are accessing personal data, including via Facebook and other social networks.
Federal Wiretap Charges Vs. Facebook, Zynga Dismissed, But Facebook Still Faces Breach-Of-Contract Claims
It was a mixed bag for Facebook at the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Thursday, as Reuters reported that federal wiretap claims against the social network and game developer Zynga were dismissed, but breach-of-contract claims under California state law were revived.
Most mobile applications include social logins, and Facebook Login is the most-used one by a healthy margin. At its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday, the social network introduced a new Anonymous Login feature for developers to include in their apps, as well as a new version of its standard Login, and a redesigned app control panel.
As previously speculated, the Federal Trade Commission approved Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp, stressing that WhatsApp must honor its commitment to maintain its pre-Facebook privacy practices.
Calling someone a jerk is rude to start off with, but launching a since-shuttered website that collected personal information from Facebook users was definitely a jerk move in the eyes of the Federal Trade Commission, as CNET reported that the FTC filed a complaint against Jerk.com Monday.
The results should be taken with a grain of salt, as the survey size was only 1,003 people, but a poll conducted by Reason-Rupe found that respondents trusted Facebook with their personal information far less than they trusted the IRS, the National Security Agency, or Google.
The United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea was highly critical of Facebook in a report, saying that the social network refused its requests for information on the accounts of users suspected of involvement in piracy, and Facebook responded that it was under no legal obligation to comply with those requests.
Facebook’s efforts to ensure that advertising on the social network is unobtrusive and that ads are interesting to users are coming up short, according to the results of the July 2013 American Customer Satisfaction Index E-Business Report, which was released Tuesday in partnership with customer experience analytics firm ForeSee, as 27 percent of respondents said advertising on Facebook interferes with their experience on the site, the highest among social networks.
Application security provider MyPermissions announced the launch of a privacy certification program for app developers, the MyPermissions Trust Certification, which it said is aimed at standardizing the policies and usage of personal information between developers and end-users.