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NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting millions of images from the web and storing them in a database that can be mined by facial recognition software for identifying surveillance targets, a new report says.

Is Facebook coming for your kids?

Is Facebook coming for your kids?

It's once again filed a patent application for a system that lets children sign up with the authorisation of a parent, as opposed to just slipping through the cracks by lying about their age. Is Facebook doing enough to keep them safe?

62-year-old man arrested over tweeting as 'ghost' of murdered toddler James Bulger

62-year-old man arrested over tweeting as 'ghost' of murdered toddler James Bulger

The Twitter troll made sick jokes about the 2-year-old, baited his mother and the charity she set up in his name, and made veiled threats about sexual abuse and death aimed at a 2-day-old baby.

Our online advertising model fails have put us all in danger

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Why hand over hard-earned cash for something when we can get the same thing for free? It seems like a no-brainer, but our unwillingness to pay for things directly has led the internet into a dark and dangerous corner where a dependence on advertising is putting our privacy and security on the line.

Iranian court beckons Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to answer accusations of privacy violation

Mark Zuckerberg. Image courtesy of Frederic Legrand / Shutterstock.com

An Iranian court has not only opened a case against Facebook's instant-message services WhatsApp and Instagram; it's also summoned that "American Zionist" Mark Zuckerberg himself to answer complaints of privacy violation.

5 tips to make your Facebook account safer [UPDATED]

5 tips to make your Facebook account safer [UPDATED]

Here's an updated version of our invaluable tips to make your Facebook account safer. We take you step-by-step through the settings and options to limit your post visibility and prevent unauthorised access. Have you done all five?

Google's vision: ads on cars, refrigerators, watches, thermostats, and yes, glasses

Google's vision: ads on cars, refrigerators, watches, thermostats, and yes, glasses

A recently released SEC filing shows that Google expects advertising to creep into every crevice of the Internet of Things. Say good morning to your house - sounds like it will someday know when you're out of bed and ready to be marketed at!

Monday review - the hot 26 stories of the week

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Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Facebook finally makes public sharing 'opt-in' for new users, gives everyone else more controls

Facebook finally makes public sharing 'opt-in' for new users, gives everyone else more controls

It's been 10 years since Facebook gave the world a reason to share everything with everyone - but the social media giant is finally acknowledging its privacy pitfalls.

Facebook wants to listen in on your TV and music

Facebook wants to listen in on your TV and music

Facebook proposes to recognize and post news feed updates about the TV shows and movies you're watching, and songs you're listening to. One assumes - well, one hopes - the company won't be eavesdropping NSA-style with the new feature.

Facebook introduces Bullying Prevention Centre for UK, Europe

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The new centre offers a reporting flow that's smarter about language (e.g. don't use the term "report" with kids - it makes them feel like stool pigeons) and offers kids the option of getting help from someone in their circle if they need it.

Facebook rape joke posted by 'hackers', Hooters insists

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The US emporium of beer, buxom babes and unlimited $10.99 chicken pointed the finger at Facebook hackers after somebody posted a rape joke onto its page on Saturday.

UK convicts two child abusers who used Facebook to groom victims

UK convicts two child abusers who used Facebook to groom victims

Two UK men have been found guilty of grooming girls via Facebook, enticing them into meetings at hotels, cars and alleyways where they then raped and sexually abused victims as young as 13.

FCC net neutrality proposals tackle internet fast lane - why no one is happy

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The latest proposal by the FCC for rules governing the internet leave the door open to an internet "fast lane." In essence, the battle over net neutrality comes down to who has legal authority over the internet, and whether ISPs can do, well, whatever they want.

Facebook enlists users to pester each other with questions via 'Ask' button

Facebook enlists users to pester each other with nosey questions

Facebook's new "Ask" button means we can pester people who have the audacity to keep private details such as their relationship status to themselves.

SSCC 147 - Why Snapchat will have to tell you the truth about security now [PODCAST]

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As usual, Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin turn their insightful and entertaining gaze on the security lessons we can learn from the past few days.

Give it a listen - it's our weekly quarter-hour security podcast...

Google and Facebook join forces to take down fake tech support scammers

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Web giants Google and Facebook are striking back against tech support scammers who use the companies' ad networks to snag victims.

Twitter glitch makes it more difficult to report abuse, while "mute" is on its way

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It's supposed to be fixed soon, but in the meantime, trolls' favorite targets are once again suffering the typical onslaught. On the plus side, Twitter on Monday also said it would be offering a "mute" function - the same thing it tried to do in December, but this time around, it seems to be doing it right.

Free One Direction tickets? Facebook scam goes multi-generational, targets Directioners

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Last week's Rolling Stones scammers are also targeting Tomorrowland fans and Directioners.

Whether you're into rock-and-roll, dance or, er, the other sort of music, these guys have a ticket scam for you...

Free Rolling Stones tickets? No, it’s a Facebook scam

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Are you a Rolling Stones fan? Lots of people are, and with gigs on the 2014 tour selling out in hours, you can see why free tickets might seem worth checking out.

But not all "special offer" sites are made alike, as Paul Ducklin explains...