Big tech companies like Google and Apple have been under fire recently for violations of privacy laws and even been accused of outright supporting surveillance of private citizens. Amazon has been accused of keeping recordings that they shouldn't have. It appears that the trend continues.
The most recent apparent violator this time is Facebook.
This isn't the first time Facebook has made the news for privacy issues.
Now, Facebook hasn't exactly been a paragon of virtue when it comes to privacy ethics and policies in the past. Here are just a few privacy issues over the years that show a clear and consistent behavior to eroding user privacy:
When it was only two years old, they came under fire for showing users what their friends had recently purchased.
A year later, they were caught selling user information and activity in a project called Beacon, leading to a $9.5 million settlement.
A few months later, a complaint is filed with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada concerning the "unnecessary and non-consensual collection and use of personal information by Facebook"
In 2009, Canada determined Facebook violated the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and forced them to make adjustments.
A few months later, the ACLU warned that facebook's quiz apps could be used to collect user information without their consent, and even made their own quiz to prove it.
At the end of 2009, Facebook for some reason decided to change everyone's default settings to make all.user's information public and exposed it to google indexing.
"This complaint concerns material changes to privacy settings made by Facebook, the largest social network service in the United States, which adversely impact users of the Facebook service. Facebook's changes to users' privacy settings disclose personal information to the public that was previously restricted. Facebook's changes to users' privacy settings also disclose personal information to third parties that was previously not available. These changes violate user expectations, diminish user privacy, and contradict Facebook's own representations."