New story in Technology from Time: I Found Out Everything Facebook Knows About Me — And You Can Too

Cambridge Analytica, the political research firm recently accused of accessing Facebook users’ information without telling them, has bragged for years that it has up to 5,000 data points on more than 230 million Americans.

Assuming I was one of them, I dove deep into my privacy settings this week. What I found surprised me. Although most of my interests (Brooklyn, yorkies, One Tree Hill) were scarily accurate, a few were not. My ad preferences page inexplicably showed that I like trap music, gambling and toe (not plural — just the singular word “toe”).

Uh, what?

If you’re morbidly curious like me, here’s how to see the facts Facebook knows about you (or what it thinks it knows about you).

The Basics

If you go to Facebook’s Accessing Your Facebook Data page, you can download all the data Facebook has collected on you. It’ll take a few minutes to assemble an archive, but while you’re waiting the page lays out the information you can expect to see.

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New story in Technology from Time: Apple Is About to Release a Cheaper iPad to Take on Microsoft and Google

Apple Inc. is preparing to introduce new low-cost iPads and education software next week in a bid to win back students and teachers from Google and Microsoft Corp.

In its first major product event of the year, Apple will return to its roots in the education market. The event on Tuesday at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago will mark the first time Apple has held a product launch geared toward education since 2012 when it unveiled a tool for designing e-books for the iPad. It’s also a rare occasion for an Apple confab outside its home state of California.

In Chicago, the world’s most-valuable technology company plans to show off a new version of its cheapest iPad that should appeal to the education market, said people familiar with the matter. The company will also showcase new software for the classroom, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private plans. Apple declined to comment.

Steve Jobs made schools a priority for Apple early in its read more

New story in Technology from Time: Was Your Facebook Data Actually ‘Breached’? Depends On Who You Ask

When Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg posted a status update Wednesday on the still-unfolding Cambridge Analytica scandal, he called it an “issue,” a “mistake” and a “breach of trust.” But he didn’t say it was a data breach.

Ever since the news broke this weekend that the U.K. firm Cambridge Analytica obtained information about 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge, the social media site has been carefully avoiding using those words. Executives are profusely apologizing but stopping short of characterizing the situation as a data breach — a phrase that brings to mind images of hacker frantically typing in a dark room or stolen credit card numbers being shared online.

Facebook has 1.4 billion daily users it doesn’t want to scare off with the “data breach” characterization. But was it?

Depends who you ask.

Here’s what happened: A few years ago, a researcher put together a Facebook personality quiz that asked read more

New story in Technology from Time: The 9 Most Important Things Mark Zuckerberg Said About the Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Days after news broke that a political analysis firm with ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign had improperly gained access to data from 50 million Facebook users, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has broken his silence on the situation. Zuckerberg’s media appearances come as lawmakers in the United Stats and the U.K. are demanding he testify on the matter, while some are calling for Facebook to be better regulated.

In various interviews, the Facebook founder discussed his plans to better protect users’ data moving forward, why his company didn’t take stronger and swifter action against Cambridge Analytica, and more.

Below are some of Zuckerberg’s key comments about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Speaking to Wired, Zuckerberg discussed his views on how Facebook might best be regulated in the future:

“There are some really nuanced questions, though, about how to regulate which I think are extremely interesting intellectually. read more

New story in Technology from Time: How to Watch the NCAA March Madness Sweet 16 Games for Free Online

The 2018 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament has been full of stunning upsets that no one saw coming: After the first round of March Madness games, not a single person still had a perfect bracket.

The upside of everyone’s NCAA brackets being busted is that Little Caesars is giving away free pizza to all customers on Monday, April 2. That was the March Madness deal promised if a No. 16 seed in the NCAA tournament made history by beating a No. 1 seed—which is exactly what happened when the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, beat the top-seeded University of Virginia last Friday.

Fans can expect more madness and excitement ahead now that we’re heading into the Sweet 16. The NCAA Sweet 16 games tip off on Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23. The winners of those matchups play again on Saturday and Sunday for the right to go to the Final Four on the following weekend at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (The NCAA tournament ends on Monday, April read more

New story in Technology from Time: Instagram Is Making a Change That Might Make You Love the App Again

Instagram says it has heard your complaints about its algorithm-based feed, and now it’s making changes to display more photos and videos closer to chronological order.

The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app announced Thursday that newer posts will now be more likely to appear first in users’ feeds. The change comes after users have complained of seeing old posts in their Instagram feeds following the app’s switch from a chronological-based display back in 2016.

“With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about,” Instagram said in a blog post.

Instagram, why is your algorithm so stupid. 😔🤷‍♂️ I just would like people to see my stupid stuff read more

New story in Technology from Time: Why Facebook Needs Transparency to Protect Its Users — And Stay in Business

“It is not easy to protect 1.4 billion people every day. But if Facebook wants to be the home where all those people share their likes and heartbreaks and plans and politics with acquaintances online, it had better try a lot harder.” That was the thrust of the news on March 17, when the Observer of London and the New York Times revealed that analytics firm Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained data from 50 million Facebook accounts. The company, which worked with both Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump on their 2016 presidential campaigns, then attempted to build psychological profiles of potential voters — with the hopes of using them to determine whom to target. But in this case, unlike other recent privacy breakdowns — like the Equifax data breach that put 145.5 million accounts at risk — thieves or hackers did not steal information. The company actually just handed the data over, then didn’t watch where it went. As Facebook itself reported, Aleksandr Kogan, the academic researcher who first obtained the information through an app he developed, did so “in a legitimate way and through proper channels” and violated Facebook’s policies only when he passed it on to Cambridge Analytica. The social network was also under the impression until recently that the harvested data had been deleted, but the Times says it has viewed a set of it. Right now, it’s not clear who else can see the data.

Read more: Want to Fix Facebook? That’ll Cost You About $75 a Year

All This has prompted sharp criticism of the company, which meticulously tracks its users but failed to keep track of where information about the lives and thinking of those people went. Facebook’s shares were down by 6.8% in the first business day after the reports. Lawmakers in both the U.S. and Britain, where Cambridge Analytica did similar work ahead of the Brexit referendum, have demanded testimony from Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg; in an interview with CNN, Zuckerberg responded to a question about whether he would go before Congress by saying, “The short answer is I’m happy to if it’s the right thing to do.” The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general have reportedly begun investigations. On the site itself, many users mused, Why are we still here? This all comes at a time when the company reported that it had seen a decrease in daily active users in the U.S. and Canada for the first time — from 185 million to 184 million — in the fourth quarter of 2017. Because Kogan obtained the data through legitimate channels, preventing such a scenario from happening again isn’t as simple as patching a bug or boosting Facebook’s security infrastructure. A fix would require Facebook to be stricter with its actual customers: developers and advertisers of all kinds, from retailers to political groups, who pay to know what you have revealed about yourself. But it will need to keep a closer eye on who can see what, even if that results in repercussions for its other partners. Facebook invites you to chronicle your life through its platforms, especially your most cherished moments. There is a natural expectation that a space with such precious material will be guarded. As Zuckerberg said in a statement that in part pledged to restrict developers’ access to data: “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.” There’s another group in need of urgent introspection: users. In an era in which we tell companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon what groceries we eat, whom we’re in touch with and where we’re going (at a minimum), users themselves need to actually demand to know to whom their information is being sent and how they will use it, in a way that is readable and accessible. There’s no single obvious answer for preventing future data abuse, but one lesson is evident: Facebook needs to be more transparent with its users when their data is being exploited, and users themselves should be much more vigilant about the personal details they’re willing to share. “It’s clear these platforms can’t police themselves,”

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New story in Technology from Time: Amnesty International Is Accusing Apple of Betraying Chinese iCloud Users

Amnesty International says Apple Inc is creating the Orwellian future it once envisioned by potentially opening up the data of Chinese iCloud users to Beijing’s scrutiny.

Texts, photos, emails, contacts and any other information stored on Apple’s cloud service in China could now be easily accessed by the government, Amnesty claims, warning of possible arrests or imprisonment as rights to privacy and free speech are infringed upon.

Apple famously positioned itself as a champion of free expression in its iconic “1984” advertisement.

According to an Amnesty blog post, to comply with new legislation in China, Apple, as of last month, began hosting Chinese users’ accounts on servers operated by a Chinese company, with the encryption keys managed by the local provider. The rights group says that previously, in order to view a Chinese account, read more

New story in Technology from Time: Mark Zuckerberg Just Revealed 3 Steps Facebook Is Taking to Address the Cambridge Analytica Crisis

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally addressed the growing crisis confronting his company over how Cambridge Analytica allegedly used data collected by 50 million users without their direct consent in its work for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. After days of silence, Zuckerberg on Wednesday outlined steps he said would protect users’ information in the future.

“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Zuckerberg said Wednesday in a lengthy Facebook post. “I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.

Facebook is planning to investigate all apps that have had access to users’ data prior read more

New story in Technology from Time: Want to Fix Facebook? That’ll Cost You About $75 a Year

Facebook knew this could happen.

In a February SEC filing, which includes an obligatory meditation on every conceivable risk to future profits, Facebook warned that “unfavorable publicity regarding, for example, our privacy practices … [or] the actions of our developers whose products are integrated with our products” could imperil “the size, engagement, and loyalty of our user base.”

True to form, the $500 billion social networking behemoth’s stock plummeted after news broke Mar. 16 that the data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by President Trump’s campaign in the summer of 2016, acquired data from about 50 million Facebook users, often without their direct knowledge. The data was reportedly used to create psychological portraits read more