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Why am I not surprised

Voter privacy issues



10:26 pm on Aug 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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"Our application is in full compliance with the Facebook policy, and we take their policy and privacy seriously." He explained that the app only uses certain pieces of Facebook data -- first name, last name, city and state -- to match people with voter records.

“The Facebook data just makes that process of identifying their friends on the voter file quicker, but this can also be accomplished without Facebook, with a name lookup" for example, he said.

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes declined to comment on the service. But the social network’s platform policy does explain what information can be shared by applications: “A user's friends' data can only be used in the context of the user's experience on your application."

Why am I not suprised at how FB is being used now. Just makes me want to cull less and less of my data on this site.

[edited by: engine at 8:56 am (utc) on Aug 6, 2012]
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8:57 pm on Aug 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator httpwebwitch is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

wow, that's brutal!


8:35 am on Aug 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

This is just sick.. Why would FB agree to such a thing? Don't they realize the negative impact this will have on them?


9:00 am on Aug 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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This is the age old privacy issue, once again. I have been warning of this for a long time and the vast majority of users of any social media site just sleepwalk into these things.

The answer is simple, just don't put the data there in the first place.

Let's not just single out FB, it's the same with anything you go online with, whether scraped or officially harvested.