Re: Warning to OKCupid users!!!
posted at 10/14/2011 12:23 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Warning to OKCupid users!!!
[QUOTE]I've heard that FB does a terrible job vetting apps. Their API has undergone an overhaul recently. I don't know if it's better now, but you'd have to be crazy to accept anything they tell you at face value. Even if it's all true they have made it difficult to lock down information and a cynic like myself believes they made it difficult intentionally. And just b/c they wouldn't sell info to your particular business doesn't mean someone else didn't make a sweeter offer that they couldn't refuse. My main point in this thread is that you can worry about what sites are doing with your info, or you can let it go. But picking one site as safe and another as not safe is ludicrious. Once you hit FB you pretty much ceded your right to privacy. If taking them at face value let's you sleep at night, great. If you think clicking a few privacy buttons gives you real privacy, great. But you're being a bit naive.
Posted by SlimPickensIII[/QUOTE]
My original post wasn't even about Facebook for crying out loud!
This is about a DATING site selling the information their users give them. With Facebook, you don't need to list your gender, age, or even your real name. You don't need to get any apps, I certainly don't.
But on a DATING site like OKCupid- the site I was actually posting about- a user is compelled to give a great deal more information than he or she might on any other site, such as Facebook.
I was just letting anyone who might use OKCupid know that they sell information. If you don't use it, then there's nothing here for you, move along.
I never said they were the only one that sells information. In fact, if you click through to the article you'll see a few sites listed that sell information.
And I don't trust Facebook. They just don't have to sell information to make money off of it. I'm not naive, I've been studying social media in depth for years and I know who sells information off to the highest bidder, and who hoards it so that they can make money being a gate keeper. This is not "what they tell me" this is legal documentation filed with the FTC. It's not a matter of how much money they're offered. They HAVE to refuse.
Now, third party apps that sell your information are just that - third parties. They are not Facebook. They pay Facebook to have their app on there, and if users accept their- entirely separate- terms of agreement, they can legally sell your information.
I don't give all my personal info to Facebook. I don't use any apps except for Twitter.