YC-backed Basement is a social network for close friends only  TechCrunch · 18 hours
The past few years have been a bit of a dark age for budding social media startups. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap and messenger apps took up all the... more
Myspace deleted 12 years’ worth of music in a botched server migration  THE VERGE · 19 hours
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Passbase is building a full stack identity engine with privacy baked in  TechCrunch · 4 days
Digital identity startup Passbase has bagged $600k in pre-seed funding led by a group of business angel investors from Alphabet, Stanford, Kleiner Perkins, EY;... more
Facebook’s News Feed era is now officially over  THE VERGE · 4 days
Last May, after a decade of uncommon stability in his executive ranks, Mark Zuckerberg announced a series of dramatic changes.... more
Apple Touts Data Privacy in TV Ad Campaign  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Apple has launched a television advertising campaign promoting its stance on data privacy, seeking to differentiate itself from tech industry rivals. more
Bipartisan bill proposes oversight for commercial facial recognition  TechCrunch · 4 days
On Thursday, Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt introduced a bill designed to offer legislative oversight for commercial applications of facial recognition technology. Known as the Commercial Facial Recognition... more
Facebook loses chief product officer and Whatsapp head  BBC · 4 days
The two resignations come a week after Mark Zuckerberg outlined plans for a "privacy-focused" platform. more
Senators unveil facial recognition bill to stop firms from tracking you - CNET  CNET · 4 days
If passed, this would be the first federal law protecting your privacy from businesses that use facial recognition. more
‘Privacy matters’ in Apple’s latest iPhone ad  THE VERGE · 5 days
Privacy has always been a big part of Apple’s marketing pitch, and the company is bringing that point home once again in... more
New facial recognition bill would require consent before companies could share data  THE VERGE · 5 days
A new bill introduced in the Senate today would prohibit commercial companies using facial recognition technology from sharing people’s data without their explicit consent.... more
Apple ad focuses on iPhone’s most marketable feature — privacy  TechCrunch · 5 days
Apple is airing a new ad spot focused on privacy today in primetime. The spot is visually cued, with no dialog and a simple tagline: Privacy. That’s iPhone.... more
Apple Says 'Privacy Matters' in Humorous New iPhone Ad  MacRumors · 5 days
Apple today shared a new privacy-focused iPhone ad on its YouTube channel. The ad will premiere tonight and... more
Facebook loses CPO Chris Cox and WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels  TechCrunch · 5 days
13-year Facebook veteran, Chief Product Officer, and the spirit animal of the social network Chris Cox is departing the company after two years of seeking to do something... more
Android Q preview: What's new in beta? video - CNET  CNET · 5 days
Google has released an early beta of its upcoming operating system for Pixel phones, including important changes to app privacy and foldable phone support. more
ICE uses database that tracks license plates, raising privacy concerns - CNET  CNET · 6 days
Documents obtained by the ACLU show that more than 9,000 US immigration agents are using a database that draws info from license plate readers... more
Lawmakers chide Google for making you work to get out of its services - CNET  CNET · 7 days
A senator describes Google's privacy policy: "You can hide a dead body in there and nobody would ever... more
Facebook's Effort to Transform Comes Amid Drop in Users  Gadgets 360 · 7 days
Zuckerberg went public last week with his plan to reorient Facebook toward encryption and privacy. more
WWWorries? Inventor of Web laments coming-of-age woes  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The Web's inventor knows his revolutionary innovation is coming of age, and doesn't always like what he sees: state-sponsored hacking, invasion of privacy, online harassment, hate speech and misinformation among the ills of its... more
What Facebook's 'Privacy Vision' Really Means  Gadgets 360 · 1 week
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's abrupt Wednesday declaration of a new "privacy vision " for social networking was for many people a sort of Rorschach test. more
Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley thinks a reckoning is coming over data privacy  THE VERGE · 1 week
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AP Explains: What Facebook's 'privacy vision' really means  ABC NEWS · 1 week
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Here’s how Facebook’s pivot to ‘privacy’ could lead to huge profits for the tech company  Global News · 1 week
Facebook's deeper motivations: To expand lucrative new commercial services, continue monopolizing the attention of users, develop new data... more
How Facebook Stands to Profit From Its 'Privacy' Push  Gadgets 360 · 1 week
Critics say that Facebook’s privacy announcement obscures the company’s deeper motivations. more
Why Facebook’s pivot to privacy could backfire  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
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Twitter beefs up reporting feature to protect personal information - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
Users can now indicate what kind of information is being shared that violates their privacy. more
Daily Crunch: Zuckerberg lays out his privacy vision  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
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Landlords are making apartments into smart homes, whether tenants want it or not video - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
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Facebook plans to tie itself together as regulators debate tearing it apart  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
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Facebook knows Facebook isn’t the future  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
Five paragraphs into the monster blog post that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg published yesterday afternoon, he makes a damning, strangely understated admission: “frankly we... more
Can Zuckerberg really make a privacy-friendly Facebook?  CBC · 2 weeks
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Your landlord turns your apartment into a smart home. Now what? - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
Locked out on the first day. New privacy worries. It's the upgrade many tenants didn't ask for. more
WATCH: Facebook announces new focus on privacy  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Mark Zuckerberg announced in a blog post that his team is now developing technology to make messaging on WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook more secure. more
Facebook is copying Snapchat again - this time on privacy  Sky News · 2 weeks
After years of copying Snapchat's products, Facebook just copied its rival's entire philosophy. more
Can Zuckerberg really make a privacy-friendly Facebook?  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Mark Zuckerberg's plan is to shift Facebook's focus away from a service that connects everyone to one that favors encrypted conversations Facebook can't read more
Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
With the swelling confidence of a colonial power happening upon a long-settled distant land, today Mark Zuckerberg discovered the concept of privacy. In a ballooning 3,225 words — a roughly average word count for the terminally verbose Facebook founder —... more
Zuckerberg outlines plan for 'privacy-focused' Facebook  BBC · 2 weeks
He also said Facebook would not store sensitive data in countries with weak records on human rights. more
Zuckerberg: Facebook to shift towards encrypted messaging  Sky News · 2 weeks
Facebook's chief has promised to transform privacy on the social networking platform, with new encryption that even the site's bosses cannot penetrate. more
Facebook CEO says he'll double down on privacy  CBC · 2 weeks
Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will start to emphasize new privacy-shielding messaging services, a shift apparently intended to blunt privacy criticisms... more
Zuckerberg promises encryption on 'privacy-focused' Facebook  Sky News · 2 weeks
Facebook's chief has promised to transform privacy on the social networking platform, with new encryption that even the site's bosses cannot penetrate. more
Mark Zuckerberg pushing encrypted Messenger and ephemeral Stories to brand Facebook ‘privacy’  9to5Mac · 2 weeks
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerburg, outlined a detailed vision for the future of the social media platform today, specifically its messaging services. Notably, in contrast... more
Facebook vows to encrypt messages as part of plan to address privacy concerns  Global News · 2 weeks
Zuckerberg promised to transform Facebook from a company known for devouring the personal information shared by its users to one that gives... more
Facebook CEO says he'll double down on privacy  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
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Read Mark Zuckerberg’s letter on Facebook’s privacy-focused future  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
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Mark Zuckerberg promises a newer, more private Facebook  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
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Apple recently added a new features page to its website, which offers an in-depth look at the capabilities... more
Google brings differential privacy to third-party ML developers using TensorFlow  9to5Google · 2 weeks
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Taxing your privacy  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
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Facebook to Impart Digital Training to 1 Million in Asia Pacific  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
The initiative would cover topics like privacy, safety, security, digital discourse and knowing digital footprint. more
Apple tied to new privacy website, suggesting future security marketing - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
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The NSA may end its controversial phone data surveillance program  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
The National Security Agency may shut down a controversial program that vacuums up hundreds of millions... more
Facebook is introducing a new “Tributes” section for memorialized accounts  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
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