posted on Aug, 30 2013 @ 08:46 AM
Facebook scoops up mobile phone numbers – but won't say why
You also agree to have your FACE displayed in ads ... b|^@#
This subject popped up in another thread I had made recently.
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
..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
Same goes for many other services as well. The internet is changing, and not necessarily for the better.