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Advertising: Sharing Data for Deals? More Like Watching It Go With a Sigh

The diapers ad that shows up on your computer when you are expecting a child. The coupon on your smartphone for a fast-food chain you just walked past. The sneaker offer appearing in your mailbox after you sign up to run a race. For years, marketers and technology companies have …

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Why the F.T.C. Is Taking a New Look at Facebook Privacy

After a yearlong string of news reports that have called Facebook’s data-sharing practices into question, federal regulators are taking a hard look at how the social media company handles the personal information of its users. It is not the first time Facebook has drawn government scrutiny. About seven years ago, …

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Bits: The Week in Tech: Hostages in the U.S. and China Tech Cold War

He declined to discuss the detained Canadians or Ms. Meng’s arrest. In a way, Huawei is itself a hostage of larger conflicts. The company has built a globally respected brand. It has won customers by investing in research and development, providing attentive service — and driving its employees really, really …

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5 Ways Facebook Shared Your Data

Facebook, in a quest to bind other corners of the web to its social network, shared data with several major websites in a program called “instant personalization.” These partners, which included Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Rotten Tomatoes, the movie and television review site, got access to users’ names, gender, …

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Living with tech: What We Can Learn About Online Privacy From Climate Change

Every time we see a fresh example of how badly our privacy has been eroded by the same tech companies that tout a commitment to protect it, the same reactions pop up. Boycott the service, stop using their products, delete them forever and don’t look back. They’re all valid responses. …

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How to Delete Facebook

You may have decided enough is enough: It’s time to delete Facebook. There have been months — or is it years now? — of bad news about the social network. In October, Facebook revealed that a security vulnerability exposed up to 50 million accounts to being hijacked by hackers. Through …

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Google’s Marketing of Children’s Apps Misleads Parents, Consumer Groups Say

A group of 22 children’s and consumer organizations is calling for a federal investigation into Google’s marketing of children’s apps in its Google Play store, just the latest in a series of rebukes by experts about how the company handles technology aimed at youngsters. Google has promoted the “Family” section …

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As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

Facebook’s agreement with regulators is a result of the company’s early experiments with data sharing. In late 2009, it changed the privacy settings of the 400 million people then using the service, making some of their information accessible to all of the internet. Then it shared that information, including users’ …

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Facebook’s Data Sharing: 5 Takeaways From Our Investigation

You are the product: That is the deal many Silicon Valley companies offer to consumers. The users get free search engines, social media accounts and smartphone apps, and the companies use the personal data they collect — your searches, “likes,” phone numbers and friends — to target and sell advertising. …

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Walt Mossberg, Veteran Technology Journalist, Quits Facebook

Walt Mossberg is far from alone in giving up on Facebook. But as a leading technology journalist who has spent decades chronicling the impact of Silicon Valley’s policies, his exit from the social network speaks louder than most. Mr. Mossberg, a veteran of The Wall Street Journal, The Verge and …

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