Facebook finally did something so egregious that I started to feel slimy. I was selling my privacy for the benefit of being a little bit social. I finally called it quits and deleted my account to maintain a tiny bit of self worth.
In case you have not been following what Facebook has been doing to abuse our privacy. (see http://www.pcworld.com/article/230207/privacy_advocates_ask_feds_to...
). They started using facial recognition on everyone's photos whether the person made it the default setting. The problem is that many of us do not understand the implications of new features they add or cannot figure out the often confusing privacy settings presented to us. The kicker, was that I read that even if you opt out, they continue to run facial recognition on your photos
, they just do not share the results with your friends.
So, they are running facial recognition and doing social network analysis using our faces without our permission. So what are they doing with the data? They will not tell you but even under a best case scenario, some 20-something with no oversight or regulations to guide them, is going through our photos for giggles. The more likely scenario is that they are trying to make money on it by selling access to it or trying to find more ways to do targeted advertising. Imagine, getting an ad for alka seltzer after the program sees you partying like crazy the night before! Not so terrible you think? Suppose you did not want your boss/coworkers/family to know about something.
Being transgender makes this frightening. I want to be able to control who, when and how knows about me, I do not need facebook to be sending pictures of me as Dianna to my friends, coworkers and family. Even if I were not transgender, or I was full time, this would bother me alot.
As far as I know there are no laws governing facebookers snooping our pictures. At least in the direct mail business, there are federal laws that have to be followed as to separating the list owners and the marketers and the marketers cannot see most personal data.
The good news is that now Pink Essence is my only online community.
If you decide to keep your Facebook account, please be careful.