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posted on Aug, 30 2013 @ 08:46 AM
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Facebook scoops up mobile phone numbers – but won't say why




You also agree to have your FACE displayed in ads ... b|^@#



Facebook is slurping mobile phone numbers from its users without explaining why, it has emerged.

In an upcoming overhaul to the social network's data use policy, Facebook said it had made a number of updates about the information it receives about individuals using the free content ad network.


It includes simplifying the language it uses to explain what information it receives from users whenever they are using or "running" Facebook. It said it was also clarifying that some of that information reveals details about the device itself such as an IP address, operating system or – surprisingly – a mobile phone number.

The Register has asked Facebook to clarify this point as it's not clear from the revised policy wording if a mobile number is scooped up without an individual's knowledge or as a result of it being previously submitted by that person to access some of the company's services. Importantly, Facebookers are not required to cough up their mobile phone number upon registering with the service. At time of writing, Facebook was yet to respond with comment.


www.theregister.co.uk...

This subject popped up in another thread I had made recently...briefly covering the whole "Give us your name, number, DOB, SIN, and all identifying information please" type protocols websites have for their userbase.

This is starting to gain more traction it seems and it pops up more frequently in the social sphere. Maybe people are getting tired of handing over their first born simply to sign up for newsletters, information, or to leave comments... talk to people, connect, etc.

I made another thread futher back, where I was applauding Facebook's advertising structure. It's great for anyone trying/wanting to advertise to a very specific demographic.

So, it's obvious I have mixed feelings on the matter.

I remember the days where people protected their identities online. In fact, it was standard, and instructed by teachers, police officers, web developers, and just about anyone with any familiarity with the net, to protect one's identity online. The whole idea of anonymity was to make a safe user experience for the user, where their data couldn't be manipulated for theft, for stalking, assault, etc.

Times have changed. And while FB is great for advertisers, I feel like they might be alienating the key group the advertisers need to make it worthwhile.

Same goes for many other services as well. The internet is changing, and not necessarily for the better.




posted on Aug, 30 2013 @ 08:56 AM
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I just got a email from FB today about this.
I wonder what ever happened about that class action suit about using users pics in ads?
Is this about trying to void out the lawsuit so to speak?
edit on 8/30/13 by proob4 because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 30 2013 @ 09:25 AM
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I am sooooo glad I dont use facebook
When I tell people I dont do facebook, they look at me odly, like I'm a freak LOL Love it!!!



posted on Aug, 30 2013 @ 09:26 AM
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this is why i have a fake picture, fake birthday, fake name kinda like ats except i can swear on facebook. ahem



posted on Aug, 30 2013 @ 09:31 AM
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reply to post by HomerinNC
 


I know, I was told that I was weird for not having a facebook at work the other day. Someone pointed out that even their grandma had a facebook, my reply was exactly
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I like my privacy, I dont always want my friends and family knowing what I'm always doing and vice versa I dont always need to know they are up to . Just call me. To much drama starts on there I'm always hearing "omg did you here what so and so posted".



posted on Aug, 30 2013 @ 10:25 AM
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Originally posted by rockoperawriter
this is why i have a fake picture, fake birthday, fake name kinda like ats except i can swear on facebook. ahem


I do this on every site! Most users are stupid enough to input their phone number just like they're ignorant enough to use their actual name. Well, most people are stupid and that's a fact just look at facebook, twitter, and whatever social site you can think of.
edit on 30-8-2013 by qwerty12345 because: obama touches little boys



posted on Aug, 30 2013 @ 10:39 AM
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My Facebook is my grandmother's name and birthday. I never ever attached my phone number to it. Seems stupid to do so



posted on Sep, 10 2013 @ 01:01 AM
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i now have the temptation to put the city morgue as my mobile number



posted on Oct, 17 2013 @ 02:20 PM
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Recently, YAHOO also changed their new account procedures. In order to open a new email account at Yahoo, one has to be sent a confirmation via cellphone. So, no Iphone or Blackberry etc, no YAHOO email account.

Increasingly, the few of us without a cellphone (under 20% of Canadians) are being slowly marginalised.



posted on Mar, 18 2014 @ 03:43 PM
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CitizenJack
reply to post by HomerinNC
 


I know, I was told that I was weird for not having a facebook at work the other day. Someone pointed out that even their grandma had a facebook, my reply was exactly
.

I like my privacy, I dont always want my friends and family knowing what I'm always doing and vice versa I dont always need to know they are up to . Just call me. To much drama starts on there I'm always hearing "omg did you here what so and so posted".


When you are on the internet you have no privacy.





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