Skip to comments.Facebook lawsuit over claims it spies on users' private messages to sell data to advertisers
Posted on 01/03/2014 9:14:23 AM PST by DBCJR
Facebook says the allegations 'have no merit' and has vowed to defend itself The lawsuit claims Facebook has violated the Electronic Communications Act
A lawsuit has been filed against Facebook claiming the social-networking site is systematically snooping on private messages to mine data that it sells to advertisers.
Matthew Campbell from Pulaski County, Arkansas, and Michael Hurley from North Plains, Oregon, argue that Facebook has systematically violated consumers privacy by reading its users personal, private Facebook messages without their consent.
The suit claims that the messages are scanned if an address to a third-party website is included in the message. ...
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All of the “social” media do it. So do the ISPs.
It is how they make money — lots of it.
Breaking the law is in vogue. Just ask Obama.
This data is of enormous value, so the temptation to creep closer to the edge of invasion of privacy is great.
I might be mistaken, but I’m not sure their doing this would break the law as such, though it probably violates their company policy and perhaps contract with users.
do a web search for something like a winter jacket
within a few days you will start to see ads for jackets on your web pages
You would have to read the privacy agreement. It probably says they are allowed to share information with partners.
I routinely go to my Amazon page, where I sell my fiction, to check for any new reviews and other postings.
I usually get ads sent to my email within 3 days - to buy my own books. It would seem the Amazon computer has yet to recognize my email addr is the same as the ‘author’s”.
Gotta love silicon....
When I search on say cameras I start seeing camera ads everywhere. You could delete the cookies but with Amazon they have your search history and sell it so you are tracked by them and others.
I heard they look at your e-mails, so I sent myself an e-mail saying "boat motor." I started getting ads on the sidebar for boat motors.
“When I search on say cameras I start seeing camera ads everywhere. You could delete the cookies but with Amazon they have your search history and sell it so you are tracked by them and others.”
Since I don’t pay anything to use the search service, I suppose it is a fair trade, because if they really tracked that closely, they would know I very rarely buy anything from an on-line outlet.
(shrug) I once lived in a small town, real privacy is an illusion anyway. YMMV