General Security

Facebook investigated by New York AG’s office for harvesting email contacts

New York attorney general’s office is investigating Facebook for harvesting the email contacts of about 1.5 million users without their consent.

“Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.” – New York Attorney General Letitia James The social network confirmed in April that it collected the email contacts of its users, but said it wasn’t on purpose.

The attorney general’s office said in a press release that hundreds of millions of Facebook users could have been affected because users might have hundreds of email contacts stored. The attorney general’s investigation comes as other regulators and lawmakers are cracking down on Facebook for its privacy practices e.g. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission is investigating whether Facebook safeguarded its users’ passwords properly, which could show violations of GDPR. In December, the DC attorney general sued Facebook for allegedly failing to safeguard the data of its users and Canadian regulators have accused Facebook of violating local laws for mishandling user data and said they could take the company to court for its privacy mishaps.

The privacy commissioner of Canada and the information and privacy commissioner for British Columbia started investigating Facebook last year after revelations surfaced that a UK political consultancy Cambridge Analyticaharvested data from about 87 million users without their permission.


1Password – a new password encrypting app for Android – free until August 1

AgileBits releases a new app that may make things easier for you on a day to day basis. It recently released a 1Password app for Android and what this thing does is keep all of the user’s credentials encrypted safely stored under one master key.

The app is now supported on more platforms such as Windows, Mac and iOS and can be used on Android. It works similarly to Last Pass and tries to not let users use the same password for more sites. It keeps passwords and encrypts them and offers users the possibility of generating encrypted passwords the app will remember so that when they log in a site, users will not have to write their credentials.

1Password is free until August 1st, after which it will require a single in-app purchase to be used as an encryption device. Its free version will remain a reader client for the online vault and users will not be able to edit anything. The iOS version costs around $18 and the Windows version or Mac one cost $49.99.  The app would be an investment after it is no longer free so now is your chance to get it for free. You can find it on Google Playstore for free HERE!