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Facebook and Privacy Issues

Post by Anita on Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:30 pm

I'll repost a link that Jose shared some days ago:

Facebook tracks users' activities after they log out

While there have been massive collective attempts to close Facebok accounts due to disagreements on ptivacy issues like tagging, posession of pictures and data, info storage and tracking, the number of Facebook users has risen significantly, being the number one social network worldwide.

How important is Facebook to you?
Do you agree with their privacy policies?
What's the point you disagree with?
Is there any way that we, as users, control this issue?


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Post by Misor on Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:45 pm

For me facebook is really important, because I keep in touch with some classmates that otherwise I've losen any contact.
On the other hand, For the tracking problem, I've decided to open my facebook account in the Chrome (by google) explorer, so they cannot track the pages I visit (using Firefox)

But, in fact, the issue of the pictures and data, even if you close your account, they keep all them. I don't agree with that policy.

I've closed my account around three times, but not for any of those reasons, the reason for closing my account was facebook is time-consuming, and I wasted a lot of time in that social network.

Nonetheless, I don't feel my privacy is being broken, because not everybody can see my profile, even my data. In fact, just if you have a common friend with me you can search me, but not seeing my personal information. And just my friends can see my pics.


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Post by Anita on Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:50 pm

Interesting. I just wonder: China's heavily criticised as they monitor and control the way their inhabitants navitage on the web. I don't agree with this procedure and, if you ask me, I don't find any difference between China's actions and Facebook's.

In my case, I've got absolutely nothing to hide. Yet, I do think this is a serious issue, as there are limits they're traspassing. Let's say you invite an aacquaintance to your house. You want this person to be comfortable at home but, as an acquaintance, you just waqnt them to be on the common area of your home, not to gossip in every bedroom and drawer.
This is what I think Facebook's doing: they're abusing their power and overdoing what they, as a social network, should do.

Now, only God and they know whose hands this information reaches. I don't really believe this information is held exclusively in Facebook servers, mainly when they have so many apps designers and affiliated companies.

I know that, by deleting my account, I won't be safe from being monitored by Facebook (which gives me chills), but at least I feel like not being a somehow complicit of such a game, just like Big Brother!


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Post by Misor on Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:24 pm

I agree with you, Deleting a facebook account is a way of protest, I'll consider closing my account, too. I'll let you know what the conclusion was Wink

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Post by Anita on Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:21 pm

Razz I understand, it's a tough decision. In my case, Facebook was the only way to keep in touch with a number of friends. This is the time they haven't written an E-Mail to me. Without any question, that's a hook or a good reason to remain in Facebook.
In my case, though, I'm positive there are other alternatives to contact these people: MSN, Yahoo!, etc. They also track your activity online, but not as much as Facebook does.

You see, every website's got their cookies which, due to legislation, have an expiration time of hours. Still, these large companies have permanent cookies, if they don't last a lifetime - about 25 years! If you don't ever delete your navigation files, they'll follow each one of your clicks for years. Let alone what they do with the info collected: besides upgrading their products and thinking of necessities to fulfil with the application, they also sell info to advertisers and other development companies. They say they don't but, otherwise, they wouldn't have as many benefits and popularity as they do now.

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Post by vixxie on Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:12 am

Anita, actually I really miss you in Facebook.
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Post by Anita on Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:06 am

Very Happy Do you miss me? I was really complicated in Facebook. If not posting rubbish music, I posted news or the worst jokes I'd heard along the day. What I really liked doing was commenting on other people's posts, comments, thoughts and pics and chatting. Fortunately there are other spaces to do exactly the same. I guess it's a matter of being practical and stop depending on one single choice. Razz

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Post by Nicole on Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:44 pm

Hello Anita,

I miss you too in Facebook (no one get up with me early in the morning or goes to bed when I get up Wink )but I understand your decision. I think the privacy Issues in Facebook are very bad and I think about to delete my account.
At the moment I'm not sure that I delete my account because I don't want lose the contacts there.
I think before I chance my job I'll delete my account because the new company for they I will work don't like facebook.

So I'll see what I do but I think what facebook can do with your personal data also decide what information you share of yourself.

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Post by Anita on Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:06 pm

Aww, My Nicole... I miss you, too. Truthfully, I miss many of my Facebook contacts and friends. The way we kept in touch won't ever be the same, although I hope we can make up for it.

Surprised Are you changing your company, Nicole?! Would you mind telling us more about it?

One of the things that upsets me about Facebook is this: OK, you decide what info to upload, what pictures to share, etc. But first of all, if they track your moves then you're not actually deciding, THEY are deciding for you.

Now, let's say you posted something and then you want to erase it. It won't be visible, but it's NEVER erased. We accepted it once we opened our accounts, once we upload info onto Facebook we accept their terms and conditions. But they never tell you what they do with the info that remains! I don't believe they just storage it.

I remember that, some years ago, a family pic that a family member uploaded ended up becoming the image of an ad overseas, WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION! Is that ethical? I don't think so. No

They might be reading this. Or maybe I'm too unimportant for them. But I don't want to be their accomplice anymore. It's possible to live without Facebook. I did once and I'll do once more! Razz

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