Here is just a sample, there is more, much much more information out there on this.
It is, once again, a way for someone to profit off of you
. If you know this, and you don't care, then that's fine, but the majority of
people, especially children, have *no idea*, nor do their parents, I can assure you.
HOW do you people think Facebook got *so* rich? Advertising banners? Really? Really?! You don't pay for membership. Use your heads.
I would wager that probably 98% of websites that you sign up to sell information on you even if they swear they do not. Even websites you trust will
harvest cookies from you from other places that you have been to *target* advertising to your habits.
Go ahead and test one. Make a fresh email account, sign up to your favorite website, and then watch that email for one week. Try it, it may shock you.
Better yet, delete all your cookies, browse the web for a certain single item, then go to a site you think you trust and don't login, that has
advertising banners, and watch that subject pop up in the banners.
Why do you think some websites don't automatically log you out?
Using Google email? It is a direct line to the CIA, FBI, and heaven knows what others of the alphabet soups.
Now our ISP's are required to track us.
Social Security Numbers Harvested Using Facebook And Facial Recognition Software
Posted by Alexander Higgins - August 2, 2011 at 11:29 am
Researchers have demonstrated the ability to identify individuals from a single photo and learn social security numbers using Facebook profiles and
publicly available information.
As Facebook makes the push to require governments to track everyone's internet
activity by calling for the end of anonymous Internet usage researchers unveil a new study showing the risks associated with such new
regulations being implemented.
What Facebook fails to recognise
Facebook has form for being cavalier with users' privacy, but its new facial recognition software has truly dangerous implications
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 14 June 2011 23.00 BST
Facebook recently introduced a facial recognition photo feature, with opt-in as default
And it's not just this constant meddling with our settings that's releasing our information – there are also security holes, not to mention
scams and release of our data by third-party apps, which the Wall Street Journal found "were sending Facebook ID numbers to at least 25 advertising
and data firms, several of which build profiles of internet users by tracking their online activities". More recently, Facebook was adding apps to
our profiles that we hadn't requested and which we were unable to permanently disable.
And these front doors – and also back doors – are available for governments, including our own, which has been surveilling such security "risks"
as the Quakers and calling Virginia opponents of mountaintop removal "terrorists" (pdf) (while excluding the Ku Klux Klan).
Facebook facial recognition called illegal
Published: 3 Aug 11 09:20 CET
Johannes Caspar, Hamburg’s data protection official, on Tuesday said the feature was a serious violation of people’s rights to determine what is
done with their personal data. He added that German authorities would take quick legal action if Facebook did not comply with his demands.
This could include fines of up to €300,000 ($426,000), Caspar said.
“Should Facebook maintain the function, it must ensure that only data from persons who have declared consent to the storage of their biometric
facial profiles be stored in the database,” he said.
Five Hidden Dangers of Facebook
May 11, 2010 5:39 PM
(CBS) Facebook claims it has 400 million users. But are they well-protected from prying eyes, scammers and unwanted marketers?
Not according to Joan Goodchild, senior editor of CSO (Chief Security Officer) Online.
She says your privacy may be at far greater risk of being violated than you know when you log onto Facebook, due to security gaffes or marketing
efforts by the company.
Facebook came under fire this week, when 15 privacy and consumer protection organizations filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission,
charging that the site, among other things, manipulates privacy settings to make users' personal information available for commercial use.
• Your information is being shared with third parties
• Privacy settings revert to a less safe default mode after each redesign
• Facebook ads may contain malware
• Your real friends unknowingly make you vulnerable
• Scammers are creating fake profiles
... and the list goes on. Never have, never will, have a Facebook, Myspace, or any other type page like that. The only HTML I will use is what I write
by hand for a private website. If my information or email is ever sold, I know who did it.