Sgt_Kickaxe - 11:31 pm on Feb 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
An interesting N.Y.Times article on this subject, published almost 2 years ago but more and more relevant to current privacy issues.
You may not disclose personal information, but your online friends and colleagues may do it for you, referring to your school or employer, gender, location and interests. Patterns of social communication, researchers say, are revealing.
In a class project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that received some attention last year, Carter Jernigan and Behram Mistree analyzed more than 4,000 Facebook profiles of students, including links to friends who said they were gay. The pair was able to predict, with 78 percent accuracy, whether a profile belonged to a gay male.
“Personal privacy is no longer an individual thing,” said Harold Abelson, the computer science professor at M.I.T.
Did you need any more reason to ditch Facebook? And who knew it wasn't hackers/scam artists who would be the biggest users of this type of profiling, it's our own gov!? Put Google's privacy changes under a microscope quick!