Episode 12: No More Secrets

This week, we tackle the Facebook data issue, discussing Cambridge Analytica and cell phone call and SMS data scraping. We also show you how to download all your Facebook data. The FCC wants to block Chinese devices because of back doors, and the feds want to add a back door to your cell phone. Oh, and stickers.

Story 1: Facebook Pinky-swears that Your Data Is Safe

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What You Need to Know as Fallout Widens (NY Times)

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and data mining: What you need to know (CNET)

What Did Cambridge Analytica Do During The 2016 Election? (NPR)

Mark Zuckerberg Talks to Wired About Facebook’s Privacy Problem (Wired)

Mark Zuckerberg’s mea culpa on Facebook

Cambridge Analytica and Our Lives Inside the Surveillance Machine (The New Yorker)

The shady data-gathering tactics used by Cambridge Analytica were an open secret to online marketers. I know, because I was one (The Verge)

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones (Ars Technica)

Facebook: call, text history logging requires users’ permission (Reuters)

Story 2: US Government Says No to Device Backdoors

FCC aims to block purchases from non-US firms posing ‘security threat’ (Engadget)

Story 3: US Government Says Yes to Device Backdoors (Confused Yet?)

Feds pushing new plan for encrypted mobile device unlocks via court order (Ars Technica)


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