Facebook is making it easier to see all the personal data it collects about you

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These are cosmetic changes, but might help Facebook appease regulators.

One of the issues with the way that tech companies like Facebook collect personal data from people is that they often make it hard for those people to understand what they’re collecting, and how to control it.

So in the wake of the company’s recent Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle, Facebook is trying to make that experience less confusing.

The social giant rolled out a new settings page for its mobile app on Wednesday, and also added a new dashboard called “Access Your Information” where users can find all the stuff they’ve handed over to Facebook, like photos and comments and messages, in one place.

The changes are cosmetic — Facebook isn’t the changing the way it collects your data. And all of this information was available to users before, it was just scattered and buried in different pages that made it tougher to collect.

“The last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies, and to help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data,” the company wrote in a blog post published Wednesday morning.

So while this update may seem rather trivial — the dashboard that shows you how much we know about you looks prettier! — the changes could also help Facebook appease regulators in Europe and potential regulators in the U.S.

New privacy laws from the E.U. will soon require data companies make it easy and clear for consumers to understand what the companies are collecting and how to delete it. You could argue that Facebook’s previous settings and policies weren’t doing that. It’ll be harder to argue that now.

This won’t be the last change Facebook makes thanks to Cambridge Analytica. Facebook also wrote on its blog that it plans to simplify the language for its terms of service, and will “also update our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it.”

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Each year, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer honors a new writer in the science fiction and fantasy field: an author who has professionally published a short story or novel in the past two years. Last year, Too Like The Lightning author Ada Palmer took home the award.

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Facebook VPN ‘Onavo Protect’ Collects User Data Spawning Privacy Concerns

Internet privacy is a big concern for many, but it’s not just governments and spy agencies that are snooping on the things you’re doing online.

Technology companies are also tracking website users in a bid to improve their products and services. And they’re constantly becoming more powerful.

Social media giant Facebook is just one example of a company that keeps tabs on your internet activities. And it’s just released its own virtual private network (VPN) service, which is called Protect.

Facebook hasn’t been hugely vocal about the service, but according to TechCrunch, it’s now available as a free download iOS users.

Essentially, Facebook uses the service to gather data from its users. It will then analyse this information in a bid to “improve Facebook products and services”.

In 2013, Facebook acquired Onavo, which developed the popular VPN and data security service. However, it’s now available as part of the Facebook app.

You’re able to access the feature by clicking onto the navigation menu and choosing “Protect”. When you do this, you’re sent sent to the Onavo app.

As well as using the app to improve its products and user interface, Facebook has also implemented it to give users peace of mind when it comes to security.

Currently, it’s unknown how many users have actually come across the feature within the Facebook iOS app, or if the company plans to unveil other security features.

This isn’t the first time that the feature has popped up, though. In 2016, UK-based users discovered Protect in the Facebook app, although it’s unclear if the app will be launched overseas officially.

Another reason why Facebook may be doing this is to market the service. Users are being encouraged to download it from the App Store.

In the App Store description of the app, the company writes: Onavo Protect helps keep you and your data safe when you browse and share information on the web.

“This powerful app helps keep you safe by understanding when you visit potentially malicious or harmful websites and giving you a warning.”

“It also helps keep your details secure when you login to websites or enter personal information such as bank accounts and credit card numbers.”

Onavo has since confirmed that the service has come to  iOS users in America. Speaking to TechCrunch, product manager Erez Naveh said: “We recently began letting people in the U.S. access Onavo Protect from the Facebook app on their iOS devices.”

“Like other VPNs, it acts as a secure connection to protect people from potentially harmful sites. The app may collect your mobile data traffic to help us recognize tactics that bad actors use.”

“Over time, this helps the tool work better for you and others. We let people know about this activity and other ways that Onavo uses and analyses data before they download it.”

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Collects $89 Million in Stock Rewards

In the wake of Steve Jobs’ most unfortunate and untimely passing, Apple in 2011 asked its acting Chief of Operations, Tim Cook, to replace his late and long-time confidant, and specifically tasked Cook with keeping the iPhone-maker at the forefront of success, innovation, and the technology industry as a whole. At the time, Cook allegedly signed a 10-year compensation package/contract that included up to 2.94 million shares of AAPL stock, plus salary based on performance, which would be distributed on key dates if Apple is able to meet or exceed its goals.

And so it seems, according to a report from The Guardian citing filings with the SEC, Cook just recently collected the bounty of his first big payday as the top boss of Apple: a whopping $ 89.6 million heap of cash, resulting from his offloading of some 560,000 shares of Apple stock.

About half of those shares were granted to Cook simply because he stayed on the job at Apple for the last five-years; while the other half (somewhere around 280,000 shares) were granted based on the company’s persistently positive shareholder returns over the past three-years running. Cook’s shares were reportedly valued at the closing price on Thursday, August 24th, which was $ 159.27 apiece.

According to the terms of his original contract, Cook’s compensation package spans a 10-year period of time, from its signing in 2011 through 2021, and includes 2.94 million shares of AAPL plus salaries and bonuses, as deemed fit by the board. So long as he remains the top boss at Apple and growth remains steady, Cook will receive an additional 560,000 shares annually, through August, 2020, while the final load of 1.26 million shares will come his way in August, 2021, at the close of his contract.

Interesting and worth noting is that while he’s also paid a pretty descent salary for his work at Apple, the majority of Cook’s (and other executive compensation) comes in the form of restricted stock units (RSUs), which are essentially whole-value shares of AAPL stock that will be redeemable for their cash value on a future date. Cook’s original package, inked in August 2011, was valued at around $ 376 million. However since Apple has been performing quite well under Cook’s leadership, the estimated value of his package has already climbed to a whopping $ 480 million — based on Wednesday’s closing price of $ 163.35/share.

The moral of the story is that if Apple continues beating expectations and shattering profit-ceilings from here on out, Cook’s ultimate fortunate could rise far, far higher. Of course, that’s all just mud in the bucket to him, as Cook, much like his other tech executive pals, has pledged he’ll be donating the majority of his Apple fortune to charity.

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