Saturday, May 22, 2010
Facebook Caught Sending User Data to Advertisers
That was the headline on the Mashable piece on May 20th. The piece tells the story of how Facebook, MySpace & other social networks have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers' names and other personal details, despite promises they don't share such information without consent.
Wow, I am this close to being completely blown away by this apparent lack of respect, honor, decency... pick a word, they all fit.
The Mashable piece states...
"Large advertising companies including Google’s DoubleClick and Yahoo’s Right Media have received information including usernames and ID numbers that could be traced back to individual profiles as users clicked on ads. The data could potentially be used to look up personal information about the user, including real name, age, occupation, location and anything else made public on the profile. Both of the aforementioned companies denied being aware of the “extra” data they were receiving and claim they have not made use of it."
'Both of the aforementioned companies denied being aware of the “extra” data they were receiving and claim they have not made use of it.'
Isn't that akin to "I did not have sex with that woman."???
Not only is Big Brother watching, he's taking all the information he's gathered on you and selling it to highest bidder.
Of course, things are just coming up roses all over the Facebook landscape these days...
I won't bore you with all the details, you can read it all about here.
Again, keeping with my not-so-shocked reaction theme... why would anyone be surprised by any of this?
A "claim" that someone's not doing what they're supposed... keep the info on their customers private.
Another "claim" that someone stole an idea from someone else and is now richer beyond all human recognition.
And we're supposed to somehow be surprised, shocked, bewildered even?
Til next time...