Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Facebook drastically narrows its privacy policies for app developers, after count of compromised accounts rises to 87000

Facebook has announced major changes in its policies with regard to the ability of developer apps to access user and especially Friends’ data, with its own news story link here.  Techcrunch has a nice summary.  CNBC reports here
I have often been queasy about announcing (with checkin) that I would attend certain events, particularly when I was living alone in a detached house.  There are situations where I would prefer not for it to be known in advance on who will come.
Facebook has raised the estimate of the number of people whose personal information was impropertly shared with Cambridge up to 87 million, from 50 million.

The new changes will perhaps make account recovery more difficult, especially in countries with certain personal naming language conventions (mostly in Asia).

Facebook has also announced some restrictions on its own subsidiary, Instagram (the marketeer's dream),  My own doesn't work in Chrome on Windows right now. 
Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  He has announced certain changes requiring verification of some users already, story

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