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Trustlook Says App Auditing Tool Can Help Protect Facebook Users

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The Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal has forced Facebook to take significant steps to protect its users’ privacy. App developers are no longer permitted to access as much data about Facebook users as they once could. In addition, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company will “audit” thousands of apps and “investigate all apps that had access to large amounts” of data in the past.

What that means exactly is unclear, asserts the team at Trustlook in their media release this week.

Does Facebook have the expertise to review the thousands of apps out there operating under the “old rules,” siphoning user’s (and their friends’) data surreptitiously? Can it do it at scale? That remains to be seen, but it’s clear the company needs better visibility into how user information is being handled by third-party apps.

Trustlook, a cybersecurity company based in San Jose, has a product called SECUREai App Insights that can already do what Facebook is promising to do, a provided statement reads. In fact, the product is currently securing three of the top five app stores in the world.

So how does it work?

SECUREai App Insights provides detailed information about mobile applications. It offers more than 80 pieces of information for each app, including permissions, libraries, risky API calls, network activity, and a risk score. All the information is presented in an easy-to-use, actionable format so that app store owners, app developers, researchers, and companies such as Facebook can make informed decisions.

Most importantly for Facebook, Trustlook’s technology can determine if apps that are using Facebook Login, the feature which is the main avenue through which app developers collect data, are doing so properly, or if they are abusing permissions or mishandling user data in any way.

When people use Facebook Login, they grant the app’s developer a range of information from their Facebook profile—things such as their name, location, email or friends list. Back in 2015, Facebook also allowed developers to collect some information from the friend networks of people who used Facebook Login. That means that while a single user may have agreed to hand over their data, developers could also access some data about their friends. Needless to say, this realization among Facebook users has caused a huge backlash.

“Our technology can make the Facebook ecosystem much safer,” said Allan Zhang, co-founder and CEO of Trustlook. “Facebook’s growth has made them a target for malicious developers, so this extra security layer is critical for them and would be a great benefit to their users.”

Facebook is not the only company offering a sign in feature. Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, and Yahoo have similar features. All of these companies need to remain diligent about what user information is being granted to apps, Zhang said.

For more information on Trustlook and SECUREai App Insights, click here.

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Regulation could protect Facebook, not punish it

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You know what tech startups hate? Complicated legal compliance. The problem is, Facebook isn’t a startup any more, but its competitors are.

There have been plenty of calls from congress and critics to regulate Facebook following the election interference scandal and now the Cambridge Analytica debacle. The government could require extensive ads transparency reporting or data privacy protections. That could cost Facebook a lot of money, slow down its operations, or inhibit its ability to build new products.

But the danger is that those same requirements could be much more onerous for a tiny upstart company to uphold. Without much cash or enough employees, and with product-market fit still to nail down, young startups might be anchored by the weight of regulation. It could prevent them from ever rising to become a true alternative to Facebook. Venture capitalists choosing whether to fund the next Facebook killer might look at the regulations as too high of a price of entry.

STANFORD, CA – JUNE 24: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (R) hugs U.S. President Barack Obama during the 2016 Global Entrepeneurship Summit at Stanford University on June 24, 2016 in Stanford, California. President Obama joined Silicon Valley leaders on the final day of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The lack of viable alternatives has made the #DeleteFacebook movement toothless. Where are people going to go? Instagram? WhatsApp? The government already missed its chances to stop Facebook from acquiring these companies that are massive social networks in their own right.

The only social networks to carve out communities since Facebook’s rise did so largely by being completely different, like the ephemeral Snapchat that purposefully doesn’t serve as a web identity platform, and the mostly-public Twitter that caters to thought leaders and celebrities more than normal people sharing their personal lives.

That’s left few places for Facebook haters to migrate. This might explain why despite having so many more users, #DeleteFacebook peaked last week at substantially fewer Twitter mentions than the big #DeleteUber campaign from last January, according to financial data dashboard Sentieo. Lyft’s existence makes #DeleteUber a tenable stance, because you don’t have to change your behavior pattern, just your brand of choice.

If the government actually wants to protect the public against Facebook abusing its power, it would need to go harder than the Honest Ads Act that would put political advertising on Internet platforms under the same scrutiny regarding disclosure of buyers as the rules for TV and radio advertising. That’s basically just extra paperwork for Facebook. We’ve seen regulatory expenses deter competition amongst broadband internet service providers and in other industries. Real change would necessitate regulation that either creates alternatives to Facebook or at least doesn’t inhibit their creation.

That could mean only requiring certain transparency and privacy protections from apps over a certain size, like 200 million daily users. This would put the cap a bit above Twitter and Snapchat’s size today, giving them time to prepare for compliance, while immediately regulating Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Google’s social problem child YouTube.

Still, with Facebook earning billions in profit per quarter and a massive war chest built up, Mark Zuckerberg could effectively pay his way out of the problem. That’s why it makes perfect sense for him to have told CNN “I’m not sure we shouldn’t be regulated” and that “There are things like ad transparency regulation that I would love to see.” Particular regulatory hurdles amount to just tiny speed bumps for Facebook.

A much more consequential approach would be to break up Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

Establishing them as truly independent companies that compete would create meaningful alternatives to Facebook. Instagram and WhatsApp would have to concern themselves with actually becoming sustainable businesses. They’d all lose some economies of data scale, forfeiting the ability to share engineering, anti-spam, localization, ad sales, and other resources that a source close to Instagram told me it gained by being acquired in 2012, and that Facebook later applied to WhatsApp too.

Both permanent photo sharing and messaging would become two-horse races again. That could lead to the consumer-benefiting competition and innovation the government hopes for from regulation.

Yet with strong regulation like dismantling Facebook seeming beyond the resolve of congress, and weak regulation potentially protecting Facebook, perhaps it’s losing the moral high ground that will be Facebook’s real punishment.

Facebook chief legal officer Colin Stretch testifies before congress regarding Russian election interference

We’ve already seen that first-time download rates aren’t plummeting for Facebook, its App Store ranking has actually increased since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, and blue chip advertisers aren’t bailing, according to BuzzFeed. But Facebook relies on the perception of its benevolent mission to recruit top talent in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Techies take the job because they wake up each day believing that they’re having a massive positive influence by connecting the world. These people could have founded or worked at a new startup where they’d have discernible input on the direction of the product, and a chance to earn huge return multiples on their stock. Many have historically worked at Facebook because its ads say it’s the “Best place to build and make an impact”.

But if workers start to see that impact as negative, they might not enlist. This is what could achieve that which surface-level regulation can’t. It’s perhaps the most important repercussion of all the backlash about fake news, election interference, well-being, and data privacy: that losing talent could lead to a slow-down of innovation at Facebook that might  leave the door open for a new challenger.

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Facebook lays out stricter rules to protect your social data

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It's been a few years coming, but today Facebook unveiled its strategy for protecting user data on its platform. The basic gist? The company is going to be more cautious about how data is shared, and be much more transparent with its users. Today's a…
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Amazon is offering a 3-pack of Foxnovo iPhone X Tempered Glass Screen Protectors on sale for $ 5.99 when you apply coupon code 3IUGC3L6 at checkout. This saves you $ 2 off the normal price.

These protectors are designed to keep your screen safe from scratches, fingerprints, smears, and most impacts. You’ll also get an application tool to make accurate installation a breeze. This product received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars from 708 customer reviews.

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How to Protect Your Personal Data and Privacy on Facebook

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Over the weekend, it was revealed that a political research firm had harvested data from nearly 50 million Facebook profiles. It’s not entirely accurate to call the incident a “data breach.” Most of the user data that the firm, Cambridge Analytica, had access to was handed over willingly by those users. Basically, those users gave […]
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How to remove Facebook app permissions and protect your privacy

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Facebook lets third-party apps abuse your private, personal data and the private, personal data of your friends. To stop it, you have to remove those apps from Facebook.

Facebook login makes it feel like less of a hassle to sign into apps, games, and services. But when you use Facebook to log in, Facebook gives those apps access to your data — a lot of your data. Worse, Facebook gives those apps access to the date of your friends, even if those friends haven’t downloaded the app or consented in any way.

To prevent it, you have to prevent those apps from accessing your Facebook account. If it’s too late for that, you have to delete them from Facebook so they can’t keep accessing it.

Here’s how.

How to revoke app permissions on Facebook for iPhone

  1. Launch Facebook from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Menu icon at the bottom right.
  3. Tap on Settings near the bottom.
  4. Tap on Account Settings
  5. Tap on Apps near the bottom.

  6. To prevent any app or site from accessing your data:

    1. Tap on Platform.
    2. Tap on Edit.
    3. Tap on Turn off Platform.
  7. To remove single apps:

    1. Tap on Logged in with Facebook.
    2. Tap on the app you want to remove.
    3. Tap Remove app at the bottom.

If even that’s not enough, here’s:

Any questions about Facebook and privacy?

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about Facebook and your privacy, drop them below!

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