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When a Social Network is Sold, Beware of Data Exposure

     
4:08 pm on Feb 9, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Most of us here are well aware over privacy issues, especially relating to social networks. Not everyone is quite so savvy. It's made worse when a social network is sold and it's clear the process of data exposure appears it's not handled well.

It was meant to be a neighbourly get-together - but the takeover of the UK's Streetlife website by America's Nextdoor has left many British users deeply unhappy with the new arrangements. When a Social Network is Sold, Beware of Data Exposure [bbc.co.uk]
But when they clicked on the big button in the email enabling the move to Nextdoor, some users - indeed rather a lot if my Twitter messages are anything to go by - were horrified.

Seeing a directory of the full names and addresses of people in their new Nextdoor neighbourhoods was a shock.


It's odd that the social networks appeared to fail to communicate such a basic observation of privacy, imho.