The internet developed as a place for open collaboration; there are technical limits on its transformation into a commercial marketplace.
Parents should inform themselves, and review their and their children's privacy settings.
Facebook says it's going to continue to respond to widespread concerns about its practices and role in society. Researchers of privacy and online trust offer ideas for immediate action.
Not on Facebook? Well the social media giant could still have created a shadow profile for you, without your knowledge or permission.
Facebook is realizing it has broad obligations to society. Here's how it could start meeting them.
For years, watchdogs have warned of the potential problems of sharing data with online companies. The Facebook data crisis has made these concerns much more real. What should be done now?
The current reckoning with data has been a long time coming, a historian of privacy in the US writes.
US privacy laws focus on informing consumers what's happening with their data; other countries specifically restrict data collection and analysis.
Social media provide shortcuts to things we yearn for, like connection and validation. Media effects scholars explain the psychological benefits we get from Facebook that make it so hard to quit.
Harvesting data from Facebook's users is within the rules, I should know, I've done this kind of research myself. But the latest scandal may make it harder for us to get any useful data.
It's not just fitness trackers – mobile phones can reveal users' whereabouts too, even with location tracking turned off.
What scholars know, are learning and are predicting about the privacy of electronic data, online activity, smartphone use and electronic records.
Should police be able to use cellphone records to track suspects – and law-abiding citizens?
Facebook's record raises serious questions about whether it can be trusted with our most intimate images.
Many users of digital platforms resign themselves to being monitored. That's surveillance apathy - and it's worse in society's most marginalised groups.
Consumers can't read, understand or use information in companies' privacy policies. So they end up less informed and less protected than they'd like to be. New research shows a better way.
Virtual private networks help citizens around the world evade state surveillance – how long until more governments take action?
What governments and companies think they know about us – whether or not it's accurate – has real power over our actual lives.
Nobody can understand the legal language in privacy policies. Can artificial intelligence digest the text and produce a human-readable explanation?
You need to start thinking about what will happen to your online data when you die.