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Facebook and their user policy

Facebook has kind of exploded in the media lately, but so far I didn't register, since I don't see the use of networking, just to network. And yesterday someone pointed me to their user agreement, and now I'm definitely ain't gonna register. Some of the parts that made me react are the following:

"We may share your information with third parties, including responsible companies with which we have a relationship"

"We may be required to disclose customer information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law or to protect our interests or property. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies."

"Thefacebook also collects information about you from other sources, such as newspapers and instant messaging services. This information is gathered regardless of your use of the Web Site."

All of this makes it a very powerful tool in the wrong hands, and I see no reason to trust that they will handle my personal information carefully, when they have a policy like that.




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Apr. 27th, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
That is unplesant. I'm glad I didn't join.

Would it be a hassle for you to keep this entry unlocked so I can warn people about it? If not, I could post somthing similar in my journal, telling people that I got it from you.
Apr. 27th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
Sure, that's no problem, it's unlocked now.
Apr. 27th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
I read through it and I joined after all. I'm not sure how long I will stay though. With so many people joining, they wouldn't really start spamming them all, would they? It also says "By using the Site or the Service, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States", which was made me not want to register in the first place. But you know, "everyone" is there, and it did make me find back to all my classmates from primary school except for three, and it's good for reunion and things like that.

I would never give out any private information though, except from my real name, which I haven't really given out anywhere else, and you can change your real name all the time, so it's not something they could really rely on.

I do understand those who won't register though. They're probably the smartest ones.
Apr. 28th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
Jeg har linket til din post fra min blogg for dette synes jeg var viktig.
Apr. 28th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
Jeg og! Og ikke minst skrevet en note på facebook

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