Instagram 'Trusted Partner' Caught Harvesting Vast Personal Data To Create Detailed Dossiers

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by hawki, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. hawki

    hawki Registered Member

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    "Instagram's lax privacy practices let a trusted partner track millions of users' physical locations, secretly save their stories, and flout its rules

    A buzzy San Francisco startup has been secretly saving what appears to be millions of Instagram users' stories and tracking their locations.

    The marketing firm Hyp3r has been scraping huge quantities of data off the Facebook-owned app and using it to build up detailed profiles of people's movements and interests.

    The situation highlights how Facebook is still struggling to protect users' data and oversee developers accessing its platform, more than a year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed important privacy lapses.

    Instagram has now issued Hyp3r a cease and desist, kicked it off its platform, and made changes to its platform to protect user data..."

    https://www.businessinsider.com/sta...agram-users-stories-tracking-locations-2019-8
     
  2. mirimir

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    Creepy :eek:
     
  3. guest

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    yep, we have no control on how the services we adhere manage our datas, whatever it is a social media or a gov entity.

    Instead of vainly fighting anti-privacy measures and laws, better learn to avoid exposing ourselves and eventually for the most "paranoids" use some anonymity tools.
     
  4. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    :thumb:

    I'm all for personal initiative.
     
  5. mood

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    Facebook warns its marketing partners against scraping after a startup was caught saving millions of users' data
    August 12, 2019
    https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-warns-marketing-partners-against-scraping-hyp3r-2019-8
     
  6. mood

    mood Updates Team

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    Who's in Town Denies Instagram Block
    The developer of Who's in Town said he built the app to highlight privacy issues with Instagram's services
    August 21, 2019

    https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/whos-in-town-denies-instagram-block/
     
  7. mood

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    Facebook is reviewing hundreds of its official 'Facebook Marketing Partners' over Instagram data-scraping issues
    August 23, 2019
    https://www.businessinsider.com/fac...eting-partners-instagram-data-scraping-2019-8
     
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