Be careful with Facebook

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Registered: 09-09-2008
Be careful with Facebook
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Sun, 11-11-2012 - 11:15am

Just read this in a back issue of Reader's Digest.  It says few read the fine print when signing up with Facebook, and it can cause real problems.  Part of what's in the fine print is that once you put anything ON Facebook, Facebook has the legal right to use any of it in any way they wish, incl. in ads they use there.  Example was one woman who signed up and put her photo on Facebook faced a real problem.  Her husband found her photo showing up on a dating site ON Facebook, he just came across it.  You can imagine what he thought, but Facebook had used its legal right to use her self-posted photo in any way they wished - she'd "agreed" by signing up even though she'd never read that fine print.  Just one example of how at least SOMETIMES people in our lives could potentially be innocent of wrongdoing.  Here they usually aren't, but....just sayin'.............

 

MyradornUndecided

 

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Sun, 11-11-2012 - 12:38pm

  You are so right!  The "fine" print in all these sites is very important.  There is a program for writers that does the same thing anything you write they own!!  Join a singles site and they own your likeness!  Many people do not realize this until they find their picture under a false ad.  Some of the "singles" sites have employees answering the ads. Worse they can keep that pic forever! That comes under the "entertainment" clause (for entertainment only).  Legally they have fulfilled their obligation because it is in the EULA ( End User License Agreement).  Think of writing the great American novel and having the program site you used to write that novel sue you for ownership of your work or you SO finding your "hot" pic in a site "Hot Willing Babes" .  be very careful!!

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Registered: 06-03-2009
Sun, 11-11-2012 - 2:01pm
And people wonder why I don't want my pictures on those social media sites. They all have "fine print" like this that basically gives them license to do what they want with your images and things you post. This picture obsession (created by social media sites by the way) is just beyond obnoxious. Everyone thinks that what they're doing every minute of the day is just so darn interesting it must be photographed. *eye roll*
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Registered: 09-09-2008
Sun, 11-11-2012 - 5:27pm

I think people just forget these sites are a business, and the bottom line on a business is $$ one way or another.  There is a "price" to pay somehow to be active on this type of site.  It's wise to remember that.  I haven't read the fine print on Facebook, either, but I'm merely signed up and reconnected with an old friend who found me there.  I haven't put my picture on there.

 

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Registered: 09-09-2008
Sun, 11-11-2012 - 5:31pm

Yep, my DH has become fairly active on Facebook since he found so many folks there who share his current passion, a musical one.  One old high school friend found him there and she constantly posts what here little grandkids are up to, as in several times DAILY.  Since she's so nice, he sorta feels obligated to respond all the time.  I've told him no, just say something once in awhile, she has a zillion others keeping tabs on her activities, she isn't likely to even notice.  But I agree, I guess I could post what color I just did my nails, right?  Bet that'd be popular, lol.  I'm just not a huge fan, I'll do it here where it's anonymous.  BUT....sure wish what I was posting about here was something entirely different, sigh. 

 

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Registered: 09-28-2006
Mon, 11-12-2012 - 4:08pm

Myra,

Your warning is an important one - and I wish this type of information would go 'viral.'  Facebook owns every single thing you post and DO while on its site.  So, the words you choose, the links you follow, etc. are all collected and analyzed (and sold to people wanting to contact you).

Of equally (maybe greater) concern are smartphone apps.  Pay attention to the 'access' that apps have you agree to when you download an app.  You are potentially allowing these apps to follow you whereever you go and give them full access to your contacts.  Now, I don't believe that most want this type of information for subversive uses - unless you consider selling your 'profile' to those who want to market to you subversive.  I kind of do. 

Everyone should understand the depths of the intrusion into your lives that technology - and free participation in 'free' sites - is enabling.  There are no federal laws restricting the use of such information - as we all 'agree' to it in the fine print.

I could go on and on with examples of how what we do online is being used.  Some would make your toes curl.  Some would simply tick you off!  Are you aware that different people see different prices for online items based on their past purchasing behavior?  Ever wonder why so many online sites require you to 'register?'  That's why.   ETc., etc., etc. 

Be careful out there, folks.

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Mon, 11-12-2012 - 7:52pm

 I ran across this site tha allows you to opt out of being followed on the web.

http://www.aboutads.info/choices/

dragowoman