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post #1 of 21
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Last week I made sure all my Facebook settings said FRIENDS ONLY.  Today I went to  www.cnn.com and I see my facebook photo and link to my facebook page on the right side of the cnn.com.  Ahhh!  CNN knows who I am and has my facebook page displayed.  Then I click on "what is this".  I find out CNN and others can find what I like though my facebook friends.  I then find out how to disable this under FACEBOOK which I did.   I then deleted my facebook account. I just don't trust facebook.     My facebook account will still exist for 14 days unless I try to logon within those 14 days.  Facebook is out of control.    Nice idea gone bad. 

 

post #2 of 21

I am currently logged into Facebook.  Just went to CNN.  There is the opportunity to log into CNN.  I didn't.  Nothing there about a link to Facebook.  There must have been some privacy setting in Facebook you didn't have set right. 

post #3 of 21

By the way, after a big "scare story" on our local news, I went to this place called spokeo where I was supposed to find out they knew all about me.  Apparently I don't exist.  Anywhere.  In any state.  Which I find to be a riot as I've been active on the internet for the last 15 years.

post #4 of 21

I recall a warning about 6 weeks ago about FB being able to use your photos and info for 3rd party advertisers.  It is complicated, but there is a way to disable woi can access your info. It involveds more than just selecting friends only on the main privacy settings page.

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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

By the way, after a big "scare story" on our local news, I went to this place called spokeo where I was supposed to find out they knew all about me.  Apparently I don't exist.  Anywhere.  In any state.  Which I find to be a riot as I've been active on the internet for the last 15 years.



Shit, spokeo.com has a lot of information about me. A lot of it is wrong, such as age, town (street is right) and it is listing an old phone number. That's kind of scary....

post #6 of 21

Its all about privacy settings. 

Each time they upgrade, I check my privacy settings and make sure they haven't taken liberties......quite often the settings are as I left them, but occasionally, they tweek them to their advantage.

post #7 of 21

I want to delete my Facebook account.  I'm a teacher and the idea of students finding me sort of creeps me out, though I have a great relationship with my students.  It's just that I don't want it to extend beyond school.  Funny thing is, I'm never on Facebook, can hardly find my account, I only know that people post something if I get an email..but it just makes me uncomfortable.  Not sure why.

post #8 of 21

I dropped off the "grid" about a year ago.  I was frustrated that their privacy settings are confusing and the fact that when they add new features the default is to exposure your information rather than keep it private. 

post #9 of 21

Did anyone see the South Park Facebook spoof?  You can't delete your account, it deletes you!

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Its all about privacy settings. 

Each time they upgrade, I check my privacy settings and make sure they haven't taken liberties......quite often the settings are as I left them, but occasionally, they tweek them to their advantage.


Most things are in Account Settings/Privacy Settings, but you've also got to go to My Account/Account Settings/Facebook Ads and select no one or else Facebook Ads will poach your photos and post them.

 

Oh, and I don't approve friends that are people from work unless I already have other real connections with them that don't involve work at all. Currently the only person I know of in my friends list that works for the same company I do is also a fraternity brother.

post #11 of 21

This graphic is helpful in working through all the current (outgoing) menus to fix all the options

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/12/business/facebook-privacy.html

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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

This graphic is helpful in working through all the current (outgoing) menus to fix all the options

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/12/business/facebook-privacy.html


Nice link.  I like this quote

 

"The ever-expanding privacy policy

 

In the last five years Facebook’s privacy policiy has grown to 5,830 words today, from 1,004 words from 2005.  In addition Facebook offers an in-depth Privacy FAQ page, with 45,000 words."

 

I don't have time to keep up with this stuff every time they change their policy.  After they change their privacy policy the default privacy policy means they grab all your personal information and sell it about 1 micro second after they change their policy.  You got to have superman speed to keep your information private.   You can't win in that kind of an environment. 

 

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.  You got to have superman speed to keep your information private.   You can't win in that kind of an environment. 

 



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post #14 of 21

Even if you set privacy settings to maximum you're still relying on their good faith to operate under those settings.  You're also trusting any future buyers of that organization and any current (or future) contractors, temps, network service providers, backup service providers and repair people to honor the privacy terms as stated.

 

Unfortunately, even if you delete your account(s) with Demographics Collectors like FaceBook the info you had up originally is already captured in perpetuity so just deleting it isn't necessarily the best way to go.

 

A better solution (than deletion) is to start a process of Demographics Obfuscation by screwing up the Demographics information already out there about you.  Start by immediately changing peripheral information about yourself.  

 

At first, leave alone your Name, Address, Phone, DOB and other key identifying information (if already given).  Instead, change many of the less important detail characteristics and leave that profile out there for a few weeks.  Then change your DOB by a few days.  A bit later, change it again by a few more days and also change a few peripheral details.  Later again, *delete* your address and change your phone number by a few digits.  Keep following this process over a few months. 

 

Once you've put up enough 'garbage' info about yourself over time the Demographics already collected on you in the past will start to become questionable as the newly scraped information will now replace much of it.  There may even be several individual profiles based on your name and address, each appearing to be a different person.  Once you've scribbled all over their data, then delete the accounts.

 

(NOTE:  Since any Real Property information is generally a matter of Public Record (like your Home) that information will remain out there - but it will now be attached to a good deal of misinformation across the web.)

 

I just checked Spokeo.com about myself and found the information there is totally messed up and worthless!      The only information they got right was my home address and phone number - things attached to my public Real Estate records anyway.

 

 

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Oh - and a side note on Demographics Collection...

 

Be aware that many/most of those phone calls you get asking for your opinions on Political Issues, Politicians, TV Ratings & Preferences, Pets you own, etc - are actually just Telemarketing businesses collecting Demographics about you.   They then attach it to other information they've already gotten on you and sell it/you as widely as they can. 

 

If you still want to risk it (to voice your opinions) then when they say they're from ABC News, NBC Broadcasting, Gallup, Zogby, (etc) you can simply ask for their phone number.  If legit, they should be willing to give you their own phone number so you can call them back after you reverse-look-up that number up online.

 

Personally, I just say "I don't give out Demographics information" and hang up.

 

.ma

post #15 of 21
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Even if you set privacy settings to maximum you're still relying on their good faith to operate under those settings.  You're also trusting any future buyers of that organization and any current (or future) contractors, temps, network service providers, backup service providers and repair people to honor the privacy terms as stated.



This is true of every company and organization we divulge personal info to including employers, banks, and the government  If you really want to mess them up go get a sex change..

 

See you in Politics and Hot Topics down in the supporter area. This has nothing to do with skling.

post #16 of 21

Yep, it's certainly true of Ski Areas and Ski Schools as employers and even for PSIA members.

 

  (There, I made it 'Skiing Relevant' for ya!   )

 

.ma

post #17 of 21

I deleted mine 5 months ago due to privacy concerns. What a waste of time FB is. I questioned why I was on there anyway. Do I really need that social interaction? What was missing in my life that I needed that? Deleted and never looked back

post #18 of 21

I only joined about 7 months ago.  It allowed me to make contact with some very old freinds.  Have been in contact with 3 people who I had not seen since High School.  So not a bad experience for me.  I try not to (SHARE) to much on there.  Because yea! The whole world is looking.

 

Getting a bit wearly of random Middle Eastern People sending Freind Requests. ?? Why?

post #19 of 21

After a revolt of many facebook users, they have made changes to privacy settings..............again.....

This has been at the top of my facebook home page for the past few days:

 

Improved Privacy Controls
Our new, simple privacy controls make it easier to share exactly how you want. Your privacy settings are still the same. Learn more
 
post #20 of 21

Keep track of what info you put where, and you can figure out where the spam is coming from.  I've been doing this for years with junk mail.

post #21 of 21

Since I own my own domain I've often thought I should create an email address for every new online account I create and then go after whoever is selling my name.  But I sometimes think they just combine the dictionary with the domain and blast it, because brand new email addresses get stuff within hours of being created. 

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