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All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It

by David Nield, WIRED

If you have a Facebook account—and even if you don’t—the company is going to collect data about you. But you can at least control how it gets used.

It won’t come as much of a surprise that Facebook tracks you on its platform—that’s why it can resurface your birthday photos from five years ago—but you might not yet realize the scope and the depth of its tracking all across the internet. Facebook’s tentacles stretch out across other websites and services, into the various apps you’re using on your phone, and to the places you physically visit in the real world—especially if you decide to check in on Facebook while you’re there.

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This simple trick stops Google, Amazon and Facebook from listening to you all the time

by Jessica Guynn, USA Today

Smart home devices from Google, Amazon and Facebook are engineered to listen for your commands and respond to them. Usually, they only engage when you say your “wake” word such as “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google.”

But these devices are always listening.

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Millions of Facebook user phone numbers exposed online, security researchers say

by Queenie Wong, c|net

More than 267 million Facebook user IDs, phone numbers and names were in an unsecured database.

More than 267 million Facebook user phone numbers, names and user IDs were exposed in a database that anyone could access online, adding to a long list of privacy and security mishaps that continue to plague the world’s largest social network.

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‘The Anti-Facebook’: Wikipedia co-founder launches ad-free social media platform

by Stephen Johnson, Big Think

WT:Social promises never to sell your data or run advertisements.

Fed up with Facebook and Twitter? If so, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales hopes you’ll join WT:Social, a new social media platform that promises not to run advertisements or sell user data.

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Government officials around the globe targeted for hacking through WhatsApp

by Christopher Bing, Raphael Satter, Reuters

Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to people familiar with the messaging company’s investigation.

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