Yik Yak App: Anonymity vs Privacy

Use of a popular app among college students has some users behind bars and others questioning how anonymous the program really is.  Yik Yak, developed in 2013, provides users a real-time feed of comments from people around them geographically.  Simply type in your cell phone number, and share thoughts, jokes, questions, etc. with those around you.  Users may also choose to search other communities to see what people are saying in other places.

However, not everyone uses the free app just for fun.  Just this month, two students at two separate universities were arrested for making racially charged threats on Yik [...]


Facebook Loses Appeal

An appeals court in New York affectively changed the status of Facebook’s attempt to contest search warrants on behalf of its customers. The social media giant, founded in 2004, lost an appeal in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday in a decision highly anticipated by privacy advocates.

Facebook argued that in storing their customers’ photos and files, they have a right to challenge search warrants they deem unnecessary. Since Facebook would have to perform the task of searching for and delivering the information to law enforcement, the company reasoned these are unlike traditional warrants where police search a home, office, or other [...]


Looking Closer at Net Neutrality

This article is an introduction into net neutrality rules, which govern how internet service provides manage their [...]


Facebook’s Facial Verification Improved

This article discusses Facebook’s latest development on the deep learning and facial verification technology front: DeepFace. Although it tows the line on user privacy, it remains purely a research [...]


Facebook’s Facial Verification Works… but not in Europe

After a debacle with both the Irish and German data protection authorities, Facebook was forced to delete all of its European photo tagging facial recognition data. The facial recognition software and tagging feature drew much controversy and was said to have violated European data protection [...]