Everybody who has a significant web presence has registered himself or herself onto social networks. Have you ever read the terms and conditions popped out of the screen while registering or even thought of reading them? To be precise in numbers Facebook T & C when printed the number of pages counted was 1222. It would probably take 1 and half months to read the agreements. Do ‘WE’ use Facebook or Facebook uses ‘US’ to have data and serve their advertisers providing target potential prospects? Yes, the answer is either way. In the recent times, a documentary has being panned by Cullen Hoback named “Terms and Conditions May Apply”. You can watch here http://www.veoh.com/watch/v65468143fKehZjZm?h1=Terms+And+Conditions+May+Apply+2013+Full+Documentary or
Facebook tracks each and every activity you do
For example, if you are posting something, are typing and haven’t pressed ‘POST’, so now Facebook knows that you are trying to post something but have dropped the idea of doing so. The server remembers every activity just note this down.
Nothing is private in this Digital World
They do big data analysis from the posts or statuses you share, from the photos you upload and also videos through codes. The documentary also talks about USA freedom act
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Does privacy even matter anymore?
We subscribe to newsletters, buy things online, take quizzes, and allow downloaded apps to access third party websites, enter contests, and register for conferences. Only loading a web page of any kind, tracks some sort of information about you. This tracking information consists your Mac Address, IP, ISP details and even name, age and background. Currently, Facebook has 1.28 billion users, and how many of us think about privacy?
Facebook has obtained our permission, as their ‘terms and conditions’ state that the company may use information on location “to tell you and your friends about people or events nearby, or offer deals to you that you might be interested in.” The company said it might also put together data “to serve you ads that might be more relevant.”
Facebook has a license to use our content in any way it sees fit, with a license that goes beyond merely covering the operation of the service in its current form.
There are technology scientists appointed who research on tags and facial data (for Tag Suggestions), Facebook’s disturbing facial recognition capabilities, etc.
In short, any content that is about you, but controlled by someone else, is out of your hands.
- Which profiles you look at
- Whom you chat with through Facebook Messenger
- Relationship status
- “Likes” (anytime you click the “Like” button on Facebook or a third-party website)
- Lists of favourite things (movies, music, books, etc.)
- Political affiliation
- Which sites you visit and when
- Anything you purchase with Facebook Credits
- Browser type & Operating system type
- IP address & GPS location
Public vs. private
- Profile pictures
- Cover photos
- User ID
They have made this statement public that they:
- Can be associated with you (i.e., your name, profile pictures, cover photos, timeline, User ID, username, etc.) even off Facebook
- Can show up when someone does a search on Facebook or a public search engine
- Will be accessible to the Facebook-integrated games, applications, and websites you and your friends use
- Will be available to anyone who uses our APIs such as our Graph API.
- Facebook uses all data for advertisers “targeted ads” which you see while scrolling down in the timeline of your Facebook account.
- Facebook also reserves the right to use your data, as long as it has either: Received your permission
- Told you it would do so (through the Data Use Policy)
- Alternatively, removed any personally identifiable information, such as your name
Even if you hide your friends’ list, you will appear on your friends’ friends’ lists, which may be publicly available or shared with third-party websites or apps. Facebook also allows people to find you through their contact importer, which imports people you have connected with through, say, Gmail. Every website and app you download. Every software you use has the terms and conditions. Every day billions of dollars and any currency is made from that information
Step by step they are turning our data to commodities whether it’s an image or comment of anything in advertising
In an interview before few months, Mark Zuckerberg calls us the users as dumb folks because we do not know what he is doing. He is not ethical from the beginning; now he is just with much money with power talking about yata bytes – billions of data bytes. Now future will be collecting DNAs. He says doing the privacy change for 350 million users is not possible.
What can you do?
- Multifaceted approach
- Legislative fixes or in constitution laws
- Use Firefox rather than Chrome
- Use Duck Duck go | Go stree protect you from third party trackers
- Use bare tunnel worth around 50$
- HIDE YOUR DATA from virtual private network (VPN)
- Go Stree – install in Firefox
Rethink who owns data
If it is personal data and the social networks use that without our consent then at least you can take back your data and store if not on other or may be with yourself.
They are helping us to fix
- Mainstream Media’s
- They fetch your thoughts
- Bank accounts
Theoretically if your delete account on Facebook then you are practically are invisible, but Facebook still has your data and store on their servers. It is like when in jungles lions and tigers were the kings now they are in the cages. Same happened to us.
- IP is tracked everywhere you go
- They link your cookie and what websites you visits.
Maybe Instagram can someday replace the Facebook.
Our FREEDOM is @ Stake
Recently Google was found biased based on the search results it organically gives. Study Google page rank, and you will get to know how always the YouTube videos comes first.