Mar 30 16:14

Dutch voters say 'no' to new spy law

More than 6 million voters rejected a planned law that would have granted security services sweeping powers to spy on people's emails and other online data, the Dutch electoral council announced Thursday.

Some 13 million were eligible to vote in the referendum, which is non-binding, but Prime Minister Mark Rutte vowed to take the results seriously despite being a proponent of the proposed law. Vice Prime Minister Kajsa Ollongren, however, said the government would take its time to consider the results, the ANP news agency said.

Mar 30 16:09

Amazon’s Music Storage service will remove your MP3 files on April 30th

We’ve known since last year that Amazon Music was planning to shut down its dedicated cloud music locker. Now, we have a date for when that process will begin. In an email to Amazon Music users, the company says uploaded songs will be removed from a user’s library on April 30th, 2018. You can however keep any music in the cloud by proactively going to your Music Settings and clicking the “Keep my songs” button.

Mar 30 14:48

How to ‘poison’ your data before you delete Facebook

Developer and former systems administrator Kevin Matthew published a script that goes back through your Facebook posts and edits them with randomly generated characters.

Based on his knowledge as a systems administrator, Matthew explains that “even by conservative assumptions, your data never really disappears permanently” when you deactivate or delete your Facebook account. With that in mind, the next best thing, he argues, is to go back through your history on the social network and “poison” (or otherwise obfuscate) all that data.

Matthew wrote a CasperJS script that does just that, automatically editing past posts with either random or pseudo-random letters. For this technique to be most effective, you wouldn’t do it just once. Mathew proposes editing all of your Facebook data with this script roughly five times over a three-month period so your original data is sufficiently scrubbed from Facebook’s multiple, redundant backup systems.

Mar 30 11:05


If you've tried to delete your Facebook account and found yourself mysteriously lost and frustrated, welcome to the world of Dark Patterns, the website and app trickery designed to make you agree to things or otherwise fool you into doing something other than you intend.

The video uses closing an Amazon account as an example. It's essentially impossible: even if you find the one deceptively-titled link three layers down through the most irrelevant-seeming menu options on the site, all it gives you is a generic "live chat" window. You cannot close your account without a fundamentally adversarial interaction with a person whose job depends on stopping you.

Pictured here, though, is something this week from Facebook, promising "text anyone in your phone" but really a ruse to let the company track your phone calls and texts--a fact you might be able to figure out from the tiny, unreadable silver-on-white text it doesn't want you to read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you value your privacy in any way, you need to disconnect from both Facebook and Google, as there are fine alternatives elsewhere. Just don't use them, period, end of discussion.

Mar 30 10:48


The Federal Communications Commission approved an
application by Space Exploration Holdings, doing business as SpaceX, to provide broadband services using satellite technology in the United States and around the world. With this action, the Commission takes another step to increase high-speed broadband availability and
competition in the United States.

This is the first approval of a U.S.-licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies. SpaceX proposed a satellite system comprised of 4,425 satellites and was granted authority to use frequencies in the Ka
(20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 GHz) bands to provide global Internet connectivity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah yes, another tool, most probably with a number of backdoors, with which to spy on end users.

Mar 30 10:44


The Cambridge Analytica scandal put Facebook through the wringer in recent weeks, losing the company $100 billion in stock value and prompting a global debate on internet privacy.
The social media giant was forced to apologize and overhaul its privacy and data sharing practices, but it still remains in the media spotlight and in the crosshairs of the Federal Trade Commission, which says it may be liable for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fines.

But amid all the furor, one monolithic entity has continued to harvest data from billions of people worldwide. The data gathered includes a precise log of your every move and every internet search you’ve ever made, every email you’ve ever sent, your workout routine, your favourite food, and every photo you’ve ever taken. And you have allowed it to happen to yourself, for the sake of better service and more relevant advertising.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this doesn't terrify you, you belong in a soft, comfortable place for the terminally bewildered.

Mar 30 09:12

Why Apple should fire Siri and hire Cortana

Does anyone really like using this laughable excuse for a voice interface? There is a better choice -- and it comes from a natural partner that everyone is overlooking.

Mar 29 19:11

Growth At Any Cost: Top Facebook Executive Defended Data Collection In 2016 Memo — And Warned That Facebook Could Get People Killed

On June 18, 2016, one of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s most trusted lieutenants circulated an extraordinary memo weighing the costs of the company’s relentless quest for growth.

“We connect people. Period. That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified. All the questionable contact importing practices. All the subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends. All of the work we do to bring more communication in. The work we will likely have to do in China some day. All of it,” VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth wrote.

“So we connect more people,” he wrote in another section of the memo. “That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs someone a life by exposing someone to bullies.

“Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”

The explosive internal memo is titled “The Ugly,” and has not been previously circulated outside the Silicon Valley social media giant.

Mar 29 16:12

Facebook users shocked to discover the firm has been saving videos they thought they'd deleted - including clips their FRIENDS recorded but never posted

The harsh wave of criticism around Facebook's controversial data collection practices doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon.

The latest, disturbing revelation is that the social media giant has been keeping copies of users' videos even after they thought they were deleted from the site, according to New York Magazine.

Users discovered this after downloading their archived user data from Facebook.

Mar 29 15:30

U.S. Tourists Will Be Required To Turn Over Their Social Media History

The State Department will unveil new rules on Friday requiring most visitors or immigrants to the United States to turn over their recent social media histories, in accordance with one of President Trump's key national security enhancements contained in his "extreme vetting" executive order.

Mar 29 14:38

Under Armour Admits 150 Million Users Affected By Data Security Breach

In what appears to be the first major data breach involving a health-and-fitness-tracking app, Under Armour disclosed to its customers just a half hour after markets closed Thursday for a long weekend that MyFitnessPal, a fitness app owned by Under Armour, had experienced a breach that potentially exposed the user data of 150 million people.

The breach reportedly occurred in Feb 2018, and Under Armor became aware of it on March 25 and has been informing users.

The affected information includes usernames, email addresses, and hashed password, but did not include social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, or any payment card data.

Mar 29 09:29

TalkTalk's web security flaw that was 'worryingly easy' to hack left millions of private customer details exposed - and the firm knew about it for years

A TalkTalk web security flaw left millions of customers' information at risk for years, a hacker has revealed.

The anonymous hacker said he could take control of a convincing '' URL, meaning he could trick customers into thinking they were being contacted by the official page.

The company was first alerted to the bug back in March 2016 but considered it low-enough risk to leave un-patched.

However, the hacker warned the vulnerable page could be identified within seconds of looking at the website.

Mar 29 09:20

How police can download the private contents of your phone in MINUTES without a warrant and with 'no limit on the volume of data'

The UK police can download your phone data without a warrant in a matter of minutes, a shocking video has revealed.

The footage shows how officers can use a machine to extract all kinds of information, including location data, deleted pictures and encrypted messages.

Opposition groups have argued that the police should not be able to access this data, which can currently used on suspects, victims and witnesses.

They warn there is 'no limit on the volume of data' police can obtain, and it could happen even if charges are never bought.

Mar 29 09:02

Victim Of Fatal Model X Crash Complained About Tesla Autopilot

Bad goes to worse for Tesla, as recent victim who died in a Tesla crash had complained previously about the company's auto-pilot feature, ABC News reports.

Mar 29 08:56

Brit cloud slinger iomart goes TITSUP*, drags Virgin Trains and Parentpay with it

The outage has hit organisations thoughout the UK, with Virgin Trains East Coast customers facing worse than normal service thanks to being unable to book or collect tickets due to the failure.

Mar 29 08:48

Internet of insecure Things: Software still riddled with security holes

Pradeo Security put a representative sample of 100 iOS and Android applications developed to manage connected objects (heaters, lights, door-locks, baby monitors, CCTV etc) through their paces.

Researchers at the mobile security firm found that around one in seven (15 per cent) applications sourced from the Google Play and Apple App Store were vulnerable to takeover. Hijacking was a risk because these apps were discovered to be defenceless against bugs that might lend themselves to man-in-the-middle attacks.

Four in five of the tested applications carry vulnerabilities, with an average of 15 per application.

Around one in 12 (8 per cent) of applications phoned home or otherwise connected to uncertified servers.

Mar 29 08:47

Running Drupal? You need to patch, patch, patch right now!

Anyone running a website built with Drupal should stop whatever they are doing right now and install critical security patches.

The organization behind the open-source software today put out an urgent security patch to address a remote code execution vulnerability in "multiple subsystems" of its content management system software.

The holes could allow hackers to attack a Drupal-powered website in a number of different ways and that "could result in the site being completely compromised." In other words, it's really bad.

A hacker will be able to hack your site from any webpage, the Drupal project warned, and it doesn't require them to login or have any privileges, meaning that a completely anonymous miscreant can take over your vulnerable site as well as access, delete, and change non-public data.

Mar 29 08:45

Six months on, and let's check in on those 'stuttering' Windows 10 PCs. Yep, still stuttering

A long-running glitch affecting some Windows 10 PCs continues to annoy gamers more than half a year after it was supposedly fixed.

An anonymous Reg reader alerts us to this ongoing thread on Nvidia's support forums. Our tipster says they and others who have installed the latest versions of Windows and Nvidia drivers continue to see the performance of their games lagging behind what they had before those updates.

Similar threads can be found on other gaming forums as well.

Specifically, the users claim, the 'stuttering' problem encountered when trying to play certain games at high frame rates (that had previously been achieved before the updates) is still being encountered.

Mar 29 08:43

Details of 600,000 foreign visitors to UK go up in smoke thanks to shonky border database

The details of 600,000 foreign visitors have slipped through the cracks of the Home Office's database thanks to its "shambolic" exit checks system.

A report (PDF) by the chief inspector of borders and immigration, David Bolt, examined the department's Initial Status Analysis (ISA) system database and how ISA-produced data had been used by the Home Office and other agencies.

It found that as of 31 March 2017, there were no departure records of 88,134 non-EU visa nationals with ISA "identities" – whose visas typically last six months – nor for 513,088 identified non-visa nationals.

Staff told the inspector they lacked confidence in the system, which they said had been "mis-sold", while an airline official described it as "shambolic".

Mar 29 07:17

They've got your money and your data. Now hackers are coming to destroy your trust

Nation-state attackers are attempting to undermine trust in critical services -- so how do we go about stopping them?

Mar 29 07:17

China Poised To Overtake U.S. In Artificial Intelligence Race

The U.S. has led the world in technology for a long time, and while it’s still the definitive leader in the artificial intelligence space, China has stepped onto this stage determined to overtake its American rival. Whoever manages to dominate this ultimate technological end game will, in the words of Vladimir Putin, rule the world.

Mar 29 07:16

"We Find The Morons For You" - Facebook's Microtargeting Ad Pitch Exposed

Under the direction of CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook built tools to help the world's largest brands target ads to consumers with data-enhanced precision.

Then the company stood idly by as scammers hijacked those tools and used them to sell sham products and services to gullible consumers.

Shortly before news broke this morning that Zuckerberg would testify before at least two Congressional committees - while shunning lawmakers in the UK, Bloomberg published a detailed feature about the world of scammers, charlatans and hucksters who use Facebook's marketing tools to sucker unsuspecting Facebook users into buying their shoddy wares.

Mar 29 07:15

The US Government Just Destroyed Our Privacy While Nobody Was Paying Attention

The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD) “updates the rules for criminal investigators who want to see emails, documents and other communications stored on the internet,” CNET reported. “Now law enforcement won’t be blocked from accessing someone’s Outlook account, for example, just because Microsoft happens to store the user’s email on servers in Ireland.”

Mar 29 07:11

Theresa May promises to 'DEFEAT RUSSIA' after 'attack' with new CYBER WARFARE initiative

THERESA May has promised to “defeat” Russia following the Salisbury attack with a new cyber warfare initiative entitled the Fusion Doctrine that will aim to tackle the threats imposed by cyber warfare, it has emerged.

Mar 29 02:23

If They Can’t Get Traffic Lights to Sync…

They can’t even get automated traffic lights to work – to sync the green/red cycles in order to smooth the flow of traffic – but we’re supposed to believe that millions of automated cars are going to sync perfectly, whizz along at 100 MPH in tight formation, without a hitch – just like the Blue Angels, the Navy’s precision flying demonstration squadron.

In the rain and snow. The heat of high summer, the bitter cold of January. Dirt, sand, potholes. 24/7, year ’round – for year after year after year, ongoing. Mechanical and electrical components will never wear out – or crap out, unexpectedly.


Mar 28 18:10

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange’s Internet Shut Down Again

By Aaron Kesel

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been disconnected entirely from the Internet at the Ecuadorian embassy where he is arbitrarily detained, and has been forbidden visitations by the order of Ecuador’s new president Lenin Moreno. “He cannot tweet, speak to the press, receive visitors or make telephone calls,” WikiLeaks tweeted out...

Mar 28 16:38

Academics Discover New CPU Side-Channel Attack Named BranchScope

Academics say that BranchScope is the first side-channel attack that targets "direction prediction" and that the technique can also be used to retrieve content stored inside SGX enclaves, secure areas of Intel CPUs, previously thought to be untouchable.

The research team also tested their technique in field tests and said they successfully retrieved data from three recent Intel x86_64
processors — Sandy Bridge, Haswell, and Skylake. The team said the attack can be launched from user space (no admin rights) and has an error rate of less than 1%.

Researchers also say that because this is a novel attack, there are no mitigations currently in place for BranchScope attacks. Spectre patches (meant to fix TBT-based attacks) are ineffective against BranchScope, they said. Patching BranchScope shouldn't be a problem, though, as researchers say that both software and hardware-level mitigations can be applied, both detailed in their work.

Mar 28 16:27

Boeing hit by WannaCry virus, fears it could cripple some jet production

Boeing was hit Wednesday by the WannaCry computer virus, raising fears within the company that it could cripple some vital airplane production equipment.

Mike VanderWel, chief engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane production engineering, sent out an alarming memo calling for “All hands on deck.”

“It is metastasizing rapidly out of North Charleston and I just heard 777 (automated spar assembly tools) may have gone down,” VanderWel wrote, adding that he’s concerned the virus will hit equipment used in functional tests of airplanes ready to roll out and potentially “spread to airplane software.”

Mar 28 16:23

Facebook's first response to its data leak scandal ignores two of its big products: Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook announced new privacy features on Wednesday, but they aren't enough.

The changes should help current Facebook users learn more about what data Facebook has, and make it easier to delete that data. The moves were a response to reports that a third party quiz app collected data on more than 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge, then passed this data to political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica against Facebook policy.

But Facebook also owns two other highly popular applications: Instagram, with more than 800 million monthly users as of September and WhatsApp, with more than 1.5 billion monthly users as of January.

The company didn't mention any changes to those apps today, and did not immediately respond to a question about whether the company was planning to update their privacy settings.

Mar 28 09:14


Both Peter Thiel's data-mining company Palantir and a daughter of the former Google chairman Eric Schmidt had connections to Cambridge Analytica's misuse of Facebook user information, according to documents seen by The New York Times.

Mar 28 09:13

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

This information has millions of nefarious uses. You say you’re not a terrorist. Then how come you were googling Isis? Work at Google and you’re suspicious of your wife? Perfect, just look up her location and search history for the last 10 years. Manage to gain access to someone’s Google account? Perfect, you have a chronological diary of everything that person has done for the last 10 years.

This is one of the craziest things about the modern age. We would never let the government or a corporation put cameras/microphones in our homes or location trackers on us. But we just went ahead and did it ourselves because – to hell with it! – I want to watch cute dog videos.

Mar 28 07:52

Goldman Slashes iPhone Sales Estimates Due To "Demand Deterioration"

Goldman joined the Apple skeptics this morning, warning that iPhone demand expectations for March and June quarters are already weak but early Q1 demand indicates "even lower actual numbers than consensus is modeling."

Mar 28 07:51

Playboy Pulls Out, Deactivates Its Facebook Page

"There are more than 25 million fans who engage with Playboy via our various Facebook pages, and we do not want to be complicit in exposing them to the reported practices..."

Mar 28 07:04

Microsoft's Windows 7 Meltdown fixes from January, February made PCs MORE INSECURE

Microsoft's January and February security fixes for Intel's Meltdown processor vulnerability opened up an even worse security hole on Windows 7 PCs and Server 2008 R2 boxes.

This is according to researcher Ulf Frisk, who previously found glaring shortcomings in Apple's FileVault disk encryption system.

We're told Redmond's early Meltdown fixes for 64-bit Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 left a crucial kernel memory table readable and writable for normal user processes. This, in turn, means any malware on those vulnerable machines, or any logged-in user, can manipulate the operating system's memory map, gain administrator-level privileges, and extract and modify any information in RAM.


Mar 27 17:35

Whistleblower: Facebook Able to Listen to You at Home and Work

“On a comment about using audio and processing audio, you can use it for, my understanding generally of how companies use it… not just Facebook, but generally other apps that pull audio, is for environmental context,” Wylie said. “So if, for example, you have a television playing versus if you’re in a busy place with a lot of people talking versus a work environment.” He clarified, “It’s not to say they’re listening to what you’re saying. It’s not natural language processing. That would be hard to scale. But to understand the environmental context of where you are to improve the contextual value of the ad itself” is possible.

Mar 27 17:04

Amid Facebook scandal, anti-privacy CLOUD Act becomes law without Congressional debate as Trump signs omnibus spending bill

“Decisions that affect the future of the Internet should never be made behind closed doors or snuck into law through budget proceedings.

It’s outrageous that Congress would rush to enact legislation that undermines Internet privacy while the entire Internet is in uproar over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The CLOUD Act exposes the sensitive information that we entrust with big tech companies by granting police in the US and other countries new powers to access our information without judicial oversight or warrant requirements.

It creates an end-run around the Fourth Amendment and endangers all internet users’ basic right to privacy, security, and free expression.

Congress has failed time and time again to rein in corporate and government surveillance and privacy invasions. It’s time for Internet users to organize en masse to demand change.”

Mar 27 16:58

Facebook Is ‘Rotten,’ Privacy Is Its ‘Kryptonite,’ Says Ex-FTC Advisor

There’s something “rotten” in the state of Facebook, and it’s tied directly to the company’s core business model, according to a former Federal Trade Commission advisor.

Professor Tim Wu of Columbia Law School, who helped the FTC settle its dispute with Facebook over its handling of user privacy in 2011, said the social network is busy serving “two masters” — advertisers and its massive audience. The disconnect between the two has made user privacy an afterthought in Facebook’s efforts to build an advertising behemoth, according to Wu.

“The fact is that privacy, it’s like kryptonite to their business model,” Wu told NPR on Tuesday. “[Facebook has] to be able to promise their advertisers they have the goods on everyone and they have the power to manipulate people. So if they’re tight on privacy, that tends to throw a wrench into the machine.”

Mar 27 16:52

Firefox extension keeps Facebook from tracking you on the web

Facebook Container, an extension for Mozilla's Firefox web browser, essentially stops these trackers from working outside of the Facebook website, Mozilla said.

It's a new step in browsers becoming more assertive on behalf of everyone who uses them to protect privacy a little better. That's a notable change after the industry's Do Not Track effort failed to let us tell websites when we don't want to be tracked.

Mar 27 16:47

Zuckerberg Hits Users with the Hard Truth: You Agreed to This

Over the weekend, Android owners were displeased to discover that Facebook had been scraping their text-message and phone-call metadata, in some cases for years, an operation hidden in the fine print of a user agreement clause until Ars Technica reported. Facebook was quick to defend the practice as entirely aboveboard—small comfort to those who are beginning to realize that, because Facebook is a free service, they and their data are by necessity the products.

In its current iteration, Facebook’s Messenger application requests that those who download it give it permission to access incoming and outgoing call and text logs. But, as users discovered when prompted to download a copy of their personal data before permanently deleting their Facebook accounts, a certain amount of data was covertly siphoned without explicit permissions.

Mar 27 15:36

Android's lax app permissions may have 'allowed' Facebook to collect users' call logs and text messages without their knowledge

A Google spokesperson told CBS that they couldn't say how many apps may have access to call logs or how many users' call logs had been transmitted to app developers.

The answer seems to be that Google, like Facebook, can attribute much of its value to the massive treasure trove of user data it oversees.

Also like Facebook, Google uses its vast collection of user data to serve up advertisements tailored to users' interests.

It's possible that Android wanted to catch up to Apple's App Store by building a bigger library of apps, CBS said.

One way to do that is to have lax permissions rules for developers.

Mar 27 15:12

"Want To Freak Yourself Out?" Here Is All The Personal Data That Facebook/Google Collect

And as Twitter user Dylan Curran pointed out in a comprehensive twitter thread examining his own data cache, the extent and bulk of the data collected and sorted by both companies is staggering.

Google, Curran said, collected 5.5 gigabytes of data on him - equivalent to some 3 million Microsoft Word documents. Facebook, meanwhile, collected only 600 megabytes - equivalent to roughly 400,000 documents.

Another shocking revelation made by Curran: Even after deleting data like search history and revoking permissions for Google and Facebook applications, Curran still found a comprehensive log of his documents and other files stored on Google drive, his search history, chat logs and other sensitive data about his movements that he had expressly deleted.

What's worse, everything shown is the data cache of one individual. Just imagine how much data these companies hold in total.

Mar 27 14:56

U.S. Officials Demand Al Jazeera Register as Propaganda ‘Agent’

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate whether Al Jazeera, the news outlet connected to the Qatari government, should register with the Justice Department as an agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). This will have broad implications for the First Amendment, our access to dissenting opinions, and even how the rest of the world views us.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This attempt to muzzle Al Jazeera, for having had the "male attributes" to look seriously at AIPAC, and it's strangle hold over US foreign policy, smells to high heaven.

It is bloody well time for Americans to see precisely what Israel and AIPAC has cost this country, in blood and money spent, and how much it intends to cost this country, in terms of future wars it is cheerleading the American government to greenlight.

Mar 27 14:08


Microsoft is cracking down on what people say while using their services online. According to a new services agreement written by the company, the tech giant is planning to ban accounts that use “offensive language” and will go through your private data to “investigate” users.

Mar 27 13:50


China has announced it will bar people with poor social credit from planes and trains. People who have committed so-called misdeeds could be prevented from these modes of transport for up to one year. These things include spreading false information about terrorism, causing a nuisance on planes, smoking in trains or traveling on expired tickets.

Mar 27 11:58

FCC wants Chinese tech out of US phones, routers

U.S. officials are discouraging U.S. telephone and internet companies from purchasing Chinese technology that could be used for surveillance, Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai announced Monday.

“Threats to national security posed by certain communications equipment providers are a matter of bipartisan concern,” Pai said. “Hidden ‘back doors’ to our networks in routers, switches — and virtually any other type of telecommunications equipment — can provide an avenue for hostile governments to inject viruses, launch denial-of-service attacks, steal data, and more.”

Mar 27 11:19

Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Claims Israeli Firm Black Cube Was Hired to Hack African Election

Christopher Wylie claims the controversial company engaged the services of Israeli private intelligence firm Black Cube and that his predecessor was likely poisoned in Kenya

Mar 27 10:51

Surveillance State? Nah, Can’t Happen…Because it Happened Already

That being mentioned, as they craft their narratives and lie openly upon the television, radio, and within the newspapers, there is a subtle, devious operation going on right before your eyes:

The emplacement of a complete surveillance state of cameras and listening devices, all a part of the “wondrous internet of things.”

Mar 27 10:46

This video will haunt Zuckerberg til the end of his days

Mar 27 09:04

Facebook logs SMS texts and calls, users find as they delete accounts

As users continue to delete their Facebook accounts in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a number are discovering that the social network holds far more data about them than they expected, including complete logs of incoming and outgoing calls and SMS messages.

The #deletefacebook movement took off after the revelations that Facebook had shared with a Cambridge psychologist the personal information of 50 million users, without their explicit consent, which later ended up in the hands of the election consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just tried to download my info from Facebook, and the option to download has been removed form the General Account Settings page!

Mar 26 11:57

REVEALED: How Facebook logs ALL your phone calls and texts - but the social media giant insists the function has always been ‘opt-in only’

The Facebook data scandal deepened last night after users found the social network had harvested information including call logs and text messages.

Some users discovered the Silicon Valley giant had been storing complete logs of incoming and outgoing calls and text messages.

Others reported that data such as contacts in their address books, social events in their calendars and even friends' birthdays had been stored.

One user, Dylan McKay, reported that from October 2016 to July 2017 his logs contained 'the data of every [mobile] call I've made, including time and duration' and 'data about every text message I've received or sent'.

The discoveries came after some Facebook users tried to delete their profiles over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Mar 26 11:20

Cambridge Analytica accused of violating US election laws in new legal action

Amid mounting accusations that data firm Cambridge Analytica misused the Facebook data of up to 50 million user profiles, the U.K.-based firm and its top executives are now also under fire for alleged violations of U.S. election laws.

Government watchdog group Common Cause Monday filed a pair of legal complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Department of Justice accusing Cambridge Analytica LTD, its parent company SCL Group Limited, CEO Alexander Nix, SCL co-founder Nigel Oakes, data scientist Alexander Tayler, and former employee-turned-whistleblower Christopher Wylie of violating federal election laws that prohibit foreigners from participating directly or indirectly in the decision-making process of U.S. political campaigns.

The defendants are all non-U.S. citizens, according to the complaints.

The Trump campaign paid Cambridge Analytica nearly $6 million for services during the 2016 election cycle, according to data from the FEC.

Mar 26 11:14

The Cambridge Analytica files: the story so far

The data analytics firm used personal information harvested from more than 50 million Facebook profiles without permission to build a system that could target US voters with personalised political advertisements based on their psychological profile, according to Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica contractor who helped build the algorithm. Employees of Cambridge Analytica, including the suspended CEO Alexander Nix, were also filmed boasting of using manufactured sex scandals, fake news and dirty tricks to swing elections around the world.