[Air-L] Fwd: Facebook data destruction
air-l at njw.me.uk
Thu Mar 18 07:42:49 PDT 2010
On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 08:32:41AM -0500, Michael Zimmer wrote:
> I'm not surprised that Facebook has requested this action. But contrary to Warden's quote, I see a difference between the data being _available_ to commercial firms (which he means crawlable by search engine spiders, if I'm reading the post correctly), and having it _released en masse_ to the public in an easily digestible form.
> Given the threat of a lawsuit, it appears that the former is allowed by Facebook's TOS, but the latter is not. And, clearly, there is the problem of taking the information outside of its intended context once you aggregate it and release it to the public, as I previously detailed here:
> "Why Pete Warden Should Not Release Profile Data on 215 Million Facebook Users"
While crawling public information for a generic search engine may
not violate a sense of contextual integrity, that isn't the only
other use of such data. A couple of examples could be a firm using
facebook mining to build up / improve a profile of me to sell to
others, or a government using the information to broaden a database
on citizen's political leanings. Those certainly go beyond the
expectations of usage of a lot of users of facebook.
At present this sort of information is available to anyone with the
resources to gather it (which aren't enormous). Of course, even if
facebook tightens this up in the future, they're keen to sell plenty
of personal information to others (which doesn't seem to be well
understood among users I've spoken to), which does weaken the
argument that they have an obligation to reconsider how/what public
information is published.
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