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Consumer views and news since 2007 about identity theft, privacy, and corporate responsibility -- by George Jenkins



Updated: 2018-04-25T11:14:00-04:00

 



Federal Regulators Assess $1 Billion Fine Against Wells Fargo Bank

2018-04-25T20:32:28-04:00

On Friday, several federal regulators announced the assessment of a $1 billion fine against Wells Fargo Bank for violations of the, "Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) in the way it administered a mandatory insurance program related to its auto loans..." The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the fine and...



How Facebook Tracks Its Users, And Non-Users, Around the Internet

2018-04-18T00:02:03-04:00

Many Facebook users wrongly believe that the social networking service doesn't track them around the internet when they aren't signed in. Also, many non-users of Facebook wrongly believe that they are not tracked. Earlier this month, Consumer Reports explained the tracking: "As you travel through the web, you’re likely to...



Backpage Executive Pled Guilty In Three States. Several Other Executives Indicted

2018-04-16T12:58:00-04:00

Late last week, the Washington Post reported: "Carl Ferrer, the chief executive of Backpage.com whose name was conspicuously absent from an indictment of seven other Backpage officials unsealed Monday, has pleaded guilty in state courts in California and Texas and federal court in Arizona to charges of money laundering and...



How To View The List Of Advertisers Tracking You On Facebook. Any Surprises On Your List?

2018-04-13T19:33:54-04:00

The massive privacy and data security breach at Facebook.com involving Cambridge Analytica has heightened many users' sensitivity to the advertising practices by the social networking service. Many Facebook users want to know the exact list of advertiser tracking them. How To View The List Of Advertisers Tracking You How to...



How To Check If Your Information Was Collected By Cambridge Analytica In The Facebook Breach

2018-04-11T17:39:26-04:00

You've probably heard about the massive privacy and data security breach at Facebook.com where users' information, plus their friends' information was captured and shared with Cambridge Analytica. by an app created by an academic professor. Now, you want to know if your information was harvested. How To Check It's easy...



Security Experts: Breach At Panera Bread Affected Millions. Questions Linger About Vulnerability Fix

2018-04-10T13:30:25-04:00

Apparently, Panera Bread experienced a massive data breach, which the restaurant chain's management allegedly ignored for months. CSO Online reported: "Panera Bread’s website leaked millions of customer records in plain text for at least eight months, which is how long the company blew off the issues reported by security researcher...



Apple Computer And Facebook Executives Exchange Criticisms

2018-04-09T12:27:35-04:00

Chief executives at Apple Computer and Facebook recently exchanged criticisms. During a lengthy interview by Recode's Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to questions about Facebook's recent data security and privacy incident. The interview was conducted in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, March 27. It was...



4 Ways to Fix Facebook

2018-04-06T12:30:00-04:00

[Editor's Note: today's guest post, by ProPublica reporters, explores solutions to the massive privacy and data security problems at Facebook.com. It is reprinted with permission.] By Julia Angwin, ProPublica Gathered in a Washington, D.C., ballroom last Thursday for their annual “tech prom,” hundreds of tech industry lobbyists and policy makers...



Facebook Update: 87 Million Affected By Its Data Breach With Cambridge Analytica. Considerations For All Consumers

2018-04-06T12:11:19-04:00

Facebook.com has dominated the news during the past three weeks. The news media have reported about many issues, but there are more -- whether or not you use Facebook. Things began about mid-March, when Bloomberg reported: "Yes, Cambridge Analytica... violated rules when it obtained information from some 50 million Facebook...



Fair Housing Groups Sue Facebook for Allowing Discrimination in Housing Ads

2018-04-06T12:12:59-04:00

[Editor's Note: today's guest post, by reporters at ProPublica, is the latest in a series about advertising and social networking services. It is reprinted with permission.] By Julia Angwin and Ariana Tobin, ProPublica In February 2017, in response to a ProPublica investigation, Facebook pledged to crack down on efforts by...



How the Crowd Led ProPublica to Investigate IBM

2018-03-28T13:30:48-04:00

[Editor's note: today's guest post, by the reporters at ProPublica, discusses employment practices at a major corporation in the United States. The investigation is as interesting as the "Cutting 'Old Heads' At IBM" report. This also caught my attention because a data breach at IBM in 2007 led to the...



Airlines Want To Extend 'Dynamic Pricing' Capabilities To Set Ticket Prices By Each Person

2018-03-12T15:17:49-04:00

In the near future, what you post on social media sites (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) could affect the price you pay for airline tickets. How's that? First, airlines already use what the travel industry calls "dynamic pricing" to vary prices by date, time of day, and season. We've all...



Securities & Exchange Commission Charges Former Equifax Executive With Insider Trading

2018-03-19T09:00:00-04:00

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged a former Equifax executive with insider trading. While an employee, Jun Ying allegedly used confidential information to dump stock and avoid losses before Equifax announced its massive data breach in September, 2017. The SEC announced on March 14th that it...



Verizon FiOS: Poor Message Display And Cumbersome Opt Out Mechanism

2018-03-12T17:24:08-04:00

Do you use broadband internet from Verizon FiOS? Or are you considering it? The blazing speed is awesome for viewing video content online, but I found portions of the service less than awesome. Which portions? The view/pay bills section of the secure site. After signing into the secure site recently...



Amazon's Virtual Assistant Randomly Laughs. A Fix Is Underway

2018-03-08T15:02:36-05:00

You may have read or viewed news reports about random, loud laughter by Amazon's virtual assistant products. Some users reported that the laughter was unprompted and with a different voice from the standard Alexa voice. Many users were understandably spooked. Clearly, there is a problem. According to BuzzFeed, Amazon is...



Cozy Relationship Between The FBI And A Computer Repair Service Spurs 4th Amendment Concerns

2018-03-07T17:38:40-05:00

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has learned more about the relationship between Geek Squad, a computer repair service, and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In a March 6th announcement, the EFF said it filed a: "... FOIA lawsuit last year to learn more about how the FBI uses...



Update: 2.4 Million More Persons Affected By Massive Data Breach At Equifax In 2017

2018-03-01T15:00:00-05:00

Equifax, one of the three national credit reporting agencies, announced today that 2.4 million more persons were affected by its massive data breach in 2017. The March 1st announcement stated, in part: "Equifax Inc. today announced that the company has confirmed the identities of U.S. consumers whose partial driver’s license...



Investigative Report By Senator Warren Details Failures By Equifax From Massive Data Breach

2018-02-21T11:40:43-05:00

Earlier this month, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (Democrat - Massachusetts) issued a report about her office's investigation in to the massive Equifax data breach. Key findings from the report: "Equifax Set up a Flawed System to Prevent and Mitigate Data Security Problems. The breach was made possible because Equifax adopted...



I Approved This Facebook Message — But You Don’t Know That

2018-02-19T09:54:23-05:00

[Editor's note: today's guest post, by reporters at ProPublica, is the latest in a series about advertising and social networking sites. It is reprinted with permission.] By Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, ProPublica Hundreds of federal political ads — including those from major players such as the Democratic National Committee and the Donald...



Unilever To Social Networking Sites: Drain The Online Swamp Or Lose Business

2018-02-14T09:30:00-05:00

Unilever has placed tech companies and social networking sites on notice... chiefly Facebook and Google. Adweek reported: "Unilever CMO Keith Weed put the advertising community on notice Monday during a keynote speech at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Annual Leadership Meeting in Palm Desert, Calif. Weed called for tech platforms—namely Facebook...