Tag: privacy

New Facebook patent could hit users’ finances

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Facebook was granted a patent for a program that can scan social media accounts to help lenders decide whether or not they should give an applicant a financial loan.   This feature searches the Facebook friends of those applying for a loan, and then tells the lender the average credit score found among their friends. If… Read More

The Dangers of Facebook: Why Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden Stay Away from the Social Giant

In a recent interview, Glenn Greenwald was asked why his colleague Edward Snowden has no social media presence – on Facebook, for instance. Greenwald told his Canadian audience, “he doesn’t use Facebook because he hates Facebook. They’re one of the worst violators of privacy in history. Nobody should use Facebook.”   Snowden himself has spoken… Read More

The Celebrity Photo Breach of 2014: Internet Security in a Digital World

By now, you’ve all heard about the recent scandal concerning the nude photo leak and breach of privacy of several prominent female celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and Ariana Grande. The photos which appeared on Reddit, a social networking and news portal, were banned from the site nearly one week after the leaked images had already… Read More

SXSW 2014: Edward Snowden Speaks at Interactive Conference

SXSW 2014 has already drawn a lot of attention. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin360.com)

Arguably the largest festival of its kind in the world, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival is a set of three conferences – interactive, music, and film – held every spring in Austin, Texas. SXSW is considered the “signature event” of Austin, and it is the highest revenue producing event for the Austin economy. Since… Read More