Privacy on the Net

Screenshot from the ad

As advertised by Apple. The company introduced a feature called “App tracking transparency”, that defaults to “do not allow tracking” as of version 14.5, that was released earlier this year. The feature allows device-owners to control which apps can track user behaviour across multiple websites.

Apple App Tracking Transparency Ad

Reality is more complex, as always, but it’s still a great ad.

The Instagram ads Facebook won’t show you

Signal, the company offering secure and private messaging, tried to advertise on Facebook. Naturally, the company tried to drive their value in privacy. They chose to point out the implications Facebook’s businesmodel has for these values.

Apparently Facebook didn’t like the ads.

Signal App Ad.
Signal ad

Source: Signal >> Blog >> The Instagram ads Facebook won’t show you

Happy Easter, y‘all

Facebook leaked sensitive profile information, including 6 million German accounts:

Von Cobol nach Java

Facebook arbeitet an einer KI, die automatisch Code von einer Programmiersprache in eine andere übersetzen kann. Das Feld ist nicht gänzlich neu, es gab schon Versuche, KI zu verwenden um beispielsweise statische Analyse und damit Code-Qualität zu verbessern. Wenn eine Maschine zwischen Code übersetzen kann, werden eine ganze Reihe von Banken jubeln, endlich nicht mehr auf unersetzbare, uralte Cobol Programmierer angewiesen zu sein, die auch noch unfassbare Stundensätze aufrufen.

Es ist eine Gelegenheit, schwierigere Probleme anzugehen.

Facebook threatens to stop operations in EU

Facebook threatens to stop operations in EU: Not so sure I’d understand it as a threat, if Facebook ceased operations in Europe. Me personally would’ve kicked the information sucking service and timesink to the youth out a while ago. Latest, when it became clear that Facebook is a pool of hatespeak, that nobody can or wants to control, the time should’ve been over.

However, that’s exactly what they threaten the European Union with. The debate and negotiation started over the ability to transfer personal identifiable information over the Atlantic, to the US.

Most likely, I’d suspect, EU regulators will fall for the attack and back down.

Off Facebook Activity

Off Facebook Activity is a tool, that let’s Facebook users see which sites they used outside of Facebook. The tool is as creepy as you would think it would be. Facebook, through it’s like buttons and other embeds, has sheer unlimited insight into personal browsing behaviour.

Facebook Company Logo
Facebook Company Logo / Wordmark

In an attempt by the company to create more transparency, it discloses how much curiosity in a negative sense is driving the social network in trying to understand their audience. And actually sell this gained knowledge to their customers.

The release of Off Facebook Activity a reminder we are living in an increasingly connected world that is watching us. There is entirely no point for any company to collect this type of data outsire of making us a product.

The Washington Post writes about how creepy and scary this feature is, and even more important, how to work with privacy settings. While the article deals with Facebook internal settings alone, the amout of data transferred to Facebook won’t stop. At this point, you may want to consider personal privacy tools like uMatrix (for Firefox or Chrome). Or, to leverage protection for the entire network, e.g. for your family, Pi-Hole is worth taking a look, too.

via: Washington Post

Schon seit den Snowden Leaks setzt Max Schrems sich gegen Facebook und für Datenschutz in Europa ein. Noch am 19.12.2019 hat das EuGH in seinem Sinn entschieden, schreibt der Österreichische Rundfunk:

Am Donnerstag errang er [Max Schrems] einen Etappenerfolg: Der Generalanwalt des Europäischen Gerichtshofs (EuGH) empfahl dem Gericht, bei einigen Grundsatzfragen zum Datenaustausch zwischen den USA und EU in Schrems’ Sinne zu entscheiden.

Source: Kampf gegen Facebook: Rückenwind für Schrems vor EuGH –

Just in time for Xmas, Facebook dropped a huge package of user data.

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg

More than 260 million U.S. Facebook users’ IDs, phone numbers, and names were exposed to an online database that could potentially be used for spam and phishing campaigns. Comparitech reports that before the database was taken down, it was found on a hacker forum as a downloadable file.

Source: Facebook Faces Another Huge Data Leak Affecting 267 Million Users | Digital Trends

“What could go wrong?” is exactly the right question one would ask over the feature Facebook announced. Facebook has been facing criticism not only recently over enabling filter bubbles and fueling extremist echo chambers. “Strengthen Democracy” is a clear attempt to whitewash from accusations to actually hurt the same. Digital Trends has more details.

Facebook News Tab

Facebook is launching a dedicated news tab amid growing criticism for the social network. Facebook News uses articles from a list of publishers meeting a set of standards and includes a section curated by journalists. But is that enough for a platform criticized for fake news?

Source: Digital Trends

Social Media Suchtmechanismen

Dass Likes und Shares und Herzchen eine Belohnung für das Unterbewusst darstellen hat man mittlerweile schon häufiger gehört. Man kann sogar lernen, wie man Produkte designen kann, um solches Verhalten zu triggern. Im Ergebnis davon steigern Produkt-Owner die Metrik “Customer Engagement” um den Preis, dass Jugendliche wie Abhängige vor Ihren Mobiltelefonen hängen um mehr Herzchen oder Schlumpfbeeren zu bekommen.

Arte strahlt gerade eine Miniserie darüber aus, wie diese Silicon Valley Apps süchtig machendes Verhalten für Ihre Zwecke nutzen und zufällige, kleine Belohnungen an Ihre Benutzer ausgeben. Die Serie nennt sich Dopamin, und ist damit nach dem Hormon benannt, das dafür sorgt, dass wir immer mehr wollen. Die 8 Folgen widmen sich 8 verschiedenen Apps und sind jeweils 8 Minuten lang:

via T3n