Welcome to e.Woke #26!
This week, we highlight what algorithms Facebook is keeping secret, how your FitBit may be ratting you out, and how some privacy practices to protect survivors of domestic violence.
Facebook’s “People You May Know” feature is making recommendations that have the potential to ruin lives of sex workers, domestic violence survivors, and political activists. The algorithm is based off of data that Facebook won’t reveal – and they swear it has nothing to do with your phone’s location services. Facebook’s solution? Change your friend request settings. (via Gizmodo)
The government is most likely judging you for how much you order from GrubHub and take Lyfts. It was recently revealed the NSA has illegally used intelligence from a branch of the Treasury Department, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, to gather information on US civilians. (via Buzzfeed)
Criminal justice is intertwined with the internet of things: internet-connected, data-collecting smart devices. Besides FitBits, you might want to think critically about your fitness trackers, digital home assistants, thermostats, TVs, and even pill bottles! (via Washington Post)
Because of recent “phishy” activity, people want Apple to provide more options to approve new apps or updates! Hackers have been able to use nearly identical fake “Log in” pop-ups in various apps to steal passwords. (via Hot For Security)
Digital Security Tips, Resources, and Guides:
- Privacy Badger: Blocks Spying Ads & Invisible Trackers (via EFF)
- Twitter Bots Are Trying To Influence You. These Six Charts Show You How To Spot One. (via BuzzFeed)
- Security & Privacy Experiences & Practices of Survivors of Intimate Partner Abuse (via IEEE)