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    J Edgar Hoovers wet dream.  People volunteering all sorts of private relationships, communications, data, and personal media all for the govt to see, document, capture, and use if need be.

    What once govt spooks had to collect serendipitously, now given away freely, and people still dont even begin to understand what they are doing as they do it.

    I'm sure some on here are and will argue, but but but its just a social network etc etc.  

    It possibly is, but it is also the largest and greatest privacy and data collection undertaking in the history of the world. All for what?  so you can try to hook up with some old flame? or brag that your kid came in second in some swim meet no one gives a shit about?

    Bad is never good until worse happens

    by dark daze on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 09:42:09 AM PDT

    •  yup, the government (0+ / 0-)

      buys the info on the private market.  nothing illegal about it.

    •  A couple more things about Facebook. (3+ / 0-)
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      More and more companies are REQUIRING you to join Facebook if you want to participate in their contests or sweepstakes or receiving coupons.

      For instance, Amazon recently ran a contest/sweepstakes for their Amazon Prime customers, of which I'm one, but the only way to enter your name into the drawing is through Facebook.  And if you had no Facebook membership, which I don't, then I was ineligible to register to win lovely cash and prizes, even thought the contest was for Prime members -- Me.

      That's like extortion, to me, i.e., if I want a chance to win, I have to give up all my personal information to a company that I never wanted them to have my personal information.

      I wrote to Amazon to find out what other way I could join without signing up at Facebook, and was told there was no other way.

      Also, in personal injury lawsuits now, some attorneys are asking for the plaintiff's Facebook sign-in and password information so they will have access to the whole account.  That, of course, brings up another privacy issue because if Jack friended Jill and allows Jill to see everything that's on his page but keeps that info private from others, now a lawyer, having access to Jill's page, will have access to Jack's info.  (The way it was told to me, anyway.)

      To every millionaire who decries they don't want their grandchildren paying for the deficit, I say: PAY MORE TAXES NOW and your grandkids won't have a deficit burden.

      by gooderservice on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 10:53:01 AM PDT

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      •  No kidding. A weird thing happened at our office. (2+ / 0-)
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        One of my colleagues has given FB permission to blab everything about him and somehow when I was reading HuffPo, there was an announcement that he was now on HuffPo.  

        Now our office is all about information, so people read and look at info throughout the day, but I could not help but think this could be problematic for other people's privacy issues in other settings.  

        It is all very disgusting.  

        It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

        by ciganka on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 03:36:28 PM PDT

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    •  Ha ha...I did not see you here and (0+ / 0-)

      I quoted you again from the other day :)  

      You so nailed it!

      It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

      by ciganka on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 03:26:44 PM PDT

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