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In a statement, Facebook said it has been receiving questions about two-factor authentication and phone number settings on its platform. Pixabay

Following privacy concerns, social networking giant Facebook is set to stop using your phone number for recommending friends in 2020.

According to a BBC report, users will soon have “a code sent to their mobile phones when logging in to make access harder for hackers”.


The change is part of Facebook’s $5 billion settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and will come into effect from next year.

Facebook last year confirmed the use of users’ phone number for targeting ads and stopped using members’ security phone numbers for advertising in June this year.

In March, the company faced backlash over its secure login process two-factor authentication (2FA) where it asked users to add phone numbers, which can be searched by advertisers.

In a statement, Facebook said it has been receiving questions about two-factor authentication and phone number settings on its platform.

Reports emerged this month that Facebook has joined hands with top retailers who are sending the social networking giant data on what the customers are buying in retail stores. Facebook, in turn, is targeting those customers with specified ads.


Following privacy concerns, social networking giant Facebook is set to stop using your phone number for recommending friends in 2020. Pixabay

Not just online shopping, Facebook is able to track what customers buy in stores and target those customers with ads, according to a Business Insider report.

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Facebook makes almost all its money by selling ads. In the third quarter (July-September) this year, Facebook’s revenue was $17.6 billion and ads contributed a whopping $17.3 billion of the total revenue. (IANS)


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Delhi to get new QR-based driving livenses and registration certificates.

In a step towards digitisation of the system, Delhi Transport Department will soon issue QR based Smart cards for driving licenses (DLs) and registration certificates (RCs).

As per a statement, the new driving licence will have an advanced microchip with features like Quick Response (QR) code and Near Field Communication (NFC). The new RC will have the owner's name printed on the front while the microchip and the QR code would be embedded at the back of the card.

The cards earlier had embedded chips, but chip reader machines were not available in the required quantity with both the Delhi Traffic Police and the Enforcement Wing of the Transport Department. Moreover, chips were designed and implemented by the states concerned, which resulted in difficulties in reading the chip and retrieving information, especially in case of defaulters.

"Now with the QR based smart card, this issue is resolved. This will enable unification in linking and validating one's information to smart cards with Sarathi and Vahan, the two web-based databases of all driving licenses and vehicle registrations," the release added.

The QR is also being implemented nationwide, the QR code reader is easily procurable and will do away with the requirement of any manual intervention altogether. The new cards will also allow two specific materials for their card manufacturing -- PolyVinyl Chloride or PVC, or PolyCarbonate which is slightly more expensive but more durable. (Card Size - 85.6mm x 54.02 mm; Thickness minimum 0.7 mm)

An October 2018 notification of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had made changes to the Driving License and Registration Certificate. The new Smart card based DL and RC, will have chip based/ QR code based recognition system. At the same time, documents such as driving license or registration certificates in electronic formats on DigiLockers and mParivahan were also made valid in place of physical documents and treated at par with original documents.

The QR code also has an added advantage of acting as a safety feature on the smart card. The department will be able to retain records and penalties of the DL holder for up to 10 years on the VAHAN database as soon as a driver/ owner's Smart card is confiscated. The new DLs will also help the government in maintaining records of differently-abled drivers, any modifications made to the vehicles, emission standards and the person's declaration to donate organs. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, Driving License, Registration License, Digitisation.


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