posted on Feb, 6 2010 @ 12:12 AM
People who use social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace are not known for their reticence, many put just about any personal
information imaginable out there.
Increasingly, there are signs that companies, from financial service firms to affiliate marketers, are targeting social media for new purposes.
Roger Thompson, chief research scientist with AVG, for example, believes his credit card company has incorporated data from his Facebook account into
his credit card file.
He told of an incident in which he had to verify information about himself for security purposes, and one of the questions was about his
daughter-in-law, information that the bank didn't get from him and is only publicly available on Facebook, he wrote in a blog post.
Other stories focus on shady affiliate marketers weaseling their way onto a member's account and then sending sales pitches and product
recommendations to their networks, supposedly from them.
The industry driving much of this activity is, not surprisingly, advertising, said Craig Wills, a professor of computer science at Worcester
Look at all the advertising on ats! I'm not saying it happens here but then who really knows?
People will go great lengths to make a quick buck even if it means taking and using your personal information against you.