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Facebook May Unveil Eye-Tracking Technology in Future

Facebook already has two patents titled "Dynamic eye tracking calibration" and "Techniques for emotion detection and content delivery"

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LinkedIn faced probe for Facebook ads targeting 18 mn non-members. Pixabay

Facebook is bullish on eye-tracking technology tools that will let the social media giant detect users’ eye movement and emotions but has denied using it at the moment, the media reported.

In a 229-page document addressed to US Congress in the wake of Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, Facebook revealed that it had looked into building the technology, Fortune reported on Wednesday.

“Like many companies, we apply for a wide variety of patents to protect our intellectual property. Right now, we’re not building technology to identify people with eye-tracking cameras,” according to the document.

“If we implement this technology in the future, we will absolutely do so with people’s privacy in mind, just as we do with movement information.”

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Facebook already has two patents titled “Dynamic eye tracking calibration” and “Techniques for emotion detection and content delivery”.

“Facebook is accused of violating user privacy by collecting data derived from Facebook users’ faces in photographs,” the report noted.

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In new documents, the social networking giant has already admitted that it allows advertisers to target users based on their “interests” and “behaviours”.

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the US Congress in April, he faced several questions from lawmakers. But his in-person testimony left them with several lingering questions. (IANS)

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FB, Instagram on Google Play Store Vulnerable: Check Point

The revelations come amid a snooping controversy that hit WhatsApp after Israeli spyware Pegasus exploited vulnerability in the messaging platform, affecting 1,400 select users globally, including over 100 in India

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

Check Point Research on Thursday said it found the latest versions of some of the most famous apps in the world on Google’s Play Store, including Facebook and Instagram, to have vulnerabilities that were believed to have been patched earlier.

The research shows that threat actors can still execute code on the latest versions of mobile applications on Play Store, despite the updates those mobile apps have pushed to people.

In short, threat actors can gain administrative control over the mobile applications studied by Check Point Research.

Theoretically, hackers can steal and alter posts on Facebook, extract location data from Instagram and read SMS messages in WeChat, said the research.

In a month-long study, Check Point Research cross-examined the latest versions of these high-profile mobile for three known remote control execution (RCE) vulnerabilities dating from 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Each vulnerability was assigned two signatures. Then, Check Point Research ran its static engine to examine hundreds of mobile applications in Google’s Play Store to see if old, vulnerable code was present in the latest version of the application.

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An iPhone displays the app for Facebook in New Orleans, Aug. 11, 2019. VOA

Check Point Research found vulnerable code, which was claimed to patched, present in the latest versions of popular mobile application.

For now, Check Point urges people to install an antivirus-app that monitors vulnerable apps on the phone.

“Mobile app stores and security researchers do proactively scan apps for malware patterns, but devote less attention to long-known critical vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, this means there’s not much the end user can do to keep his mobile device fully secure,” said the research.

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Check Point Research said it informed the applications as well as Google about the vulnerabilities.

The revelations come amid a snooping controversy that hit WhatsApp after Israeli spyware Pegasus exploited vulnerability in the messaging platform, affecting 1,400 select users globally, including over 100 in India. (IANS)