Thursday, April 10, 2014

Privacy: Messaging Scanning, If Google And Others Can, Why Not Facebook

I'm never one to defend Facebook.  I think it's privacy policies are horrible and a detriment to society as whole.  Cannot stand the company.  Having said that, I'm a bit perplexed by the class-action suit against Facebook (Electronista) for scraping messages to better target ads. 

I know that its policies says (or had said) otherwise but we cannot expect this not to happen.  All those personal details there just for the taking.  You know it.  I know it.  Every Facebook user should know this.  This is how Facebook works.

It says one thing and does another.  It'll withstand the fines or any public blow-back.  And as far as blow-backs go, there really has not been any in the media.  Some blogs like ours here but not much else.  I've given up trying to preach to others about the evils of Facebook. 

The thing is this.  If Google, Microsoft, and others scrape e-mails, timelines, and messages to better target ads, why is anyone else expecting anything different from Facebook despite what its privacy policy says.  And unless the fines are so big, companies will continue to push the envelope on this.

And whose fault will it be?  The users who are addicted to these social networks.

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