Google Ad Probe & Facebook Security Breach

brokenlock None of us want to become a victims of personal information disclosure or cyber crime but most of us don’t want to hear about it. We just want someone else to fix it for us and restore trust that our our personal and private information is kept private.   As I said in my earlier article  Social Networks Siphon Personal Information there’s no doubt about it. Also note the information in Facebook Connections and Reputation Management. This brief synopsis of articles constitutes an update I’d like to refer to my readers.

Google Advertising and Privacy Issue

Government investigation into online advertising and privacy issues results in regulatory filing.  In a regulatory filing this afternoon, Google disclosed that it was taking a $500 million charge in the first quarter, apparently to potentially settle charges related to a Department of Justice investigation of the company. — Google Discloses DOJ Ad Probe

Facebook Security Breach

A security vulnerability on Facebook gave advertisers and other third parties a way to access users’ accounts and personal information, for years, according to security firm Symantec Corp. … As of April, Symantec estimated that the flaw affected close to 100,000 Facebook apps—and that since Facebook introduced apps in 2007 potentially hundreds of thousands of applications may have inadvertently leaked millions of access tokens to third parties. Facebook has fixed the leak, but it’s recommended you change your Facebook password to render any leaked tokens useless . — Facebook Security Flaw Exposed User Accounts

Finger points back to Facebook

I wrote a very long examination of the issues that Facebook employed a PR firm to publicize, about how Facebook feels Google may be violating privacy with its Google Social Search product. Here’s a shorter look, especially from the angle of how Facebook itself has enabled Google to do what Facebook is now complaining about. — How Facebook Enables The Google Social “Scraping” It’s Upset About

Do Not Track Bill

Privacy groups and consumer rights advocates have enthusiastically endorsed the Do Not Track bill introduced by U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller. Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) introduced an online “do not track” privacy bill that would give consumers the ability to block Internet companies from tracking their online activity. The proposed law already has the endorsement of several major consumer advocacy and privacy groups. The framework would allow the Federal Trade Commission to define the rules within a year of the bill being signed into law. –– Privacy Groups Applaud Rockefeller’s Do Not Track Bill

Extended Validation SSL (EV SSL) Certificates

For the past three years, the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) has published an annual online safety report that examines the adoption of proven countermeasures against deception and identity theft that help protect online brands and consumers. … The report underscores measures that mitigate account takeovers, breaches, email spoofing, and phishing attacks. The adoption of Extended Validation SSL (EV SSL) Certificates was one of the solutions highlighted by the report. 2011 Online Trust Alliance Trust Scorecard Highlights Increase in EV SSL Adoption

Canada a Country of Choice for Cybercriminals

The American online-security company Websense found that Canada’s reputation as a law abiding country is making it a preferred location from which to launch cyber attacks, with Canada ranking No. 6 worldwide among countries hosting cybercrime, up from 13th place last year.  Patrik Runald, Websense senior security researcher, said that while the United States still ranks No. 1 among the top 10 countries in hosting phishing sites -used by cyber criminals to trick computer users into downloading malicious software or divulging passwords, financial information and other confidential data. — Canada new breeding ground for cybercrime

14 thoughts on “Google Ad Probe & Facebook Security Breach

  1. Once trust is violated, things will never be the same again. Moral lesson to the story is don’t reveal everything of yourself in facebook.Think about privacy, privacy, privacy! You can still enjoy facebook and still keep a part of yourself. I know some people who reads their facebook like its their Bible. sounds familiar? great post and eye opener to all of us.

    1. Hello there,
      The trust of Facebook users has been repeatedly violated and yet we see that there is no exodus. What that means I’m not sure. Hopefully, the majority of members there are savvy to the situation and self-protective.

  2. You would think that as much energy and creativity some of these folks have in trying to get what someone else has; they would just get their own. It is exhausting!!!

  3. Many companies use google analytics as a measure of gauging their presence on the web – overall appeal and conversions if e-commerce. This could have an impact on that aspect of their business if people can opt out of that tracking. Interesting.

    Also, I agree with the first comment – exhausting!

  4. The “do not track” bill is interesting, because on the other hand you have the situation where governements want ISPs to police certain aspects of users’ activity and then there is the plan to use ISPs to stop copyuright breaches (downloading movies/music illegally). You’d think the ISPs would support the bill, as it would relieve them of the other responsibilities.

    1. I agree with you. We shall see what unfolds in the future but clearly in the Google nd Facebook situations “privacy” was violated and trust has evaporated.

  5. AHHHHH, it becomes so exhausting just trying to keep from being taken advantage of. So many less than desirable people always seem to be searching for a way to steal what you have. It is just so exhausting…..

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