Re: storm..../ contacts
- Subject: Re: storm..../ contacts
- From: TeichFauna@aol.com
- Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2012 08:05:51 -0500 (EST)
Chris, this is precisely why I don't use Apps on FB. or play games. Plus,
they seriously would slow my system down.
As for FB on the smart phone, having just recently upgraded.....it's true
that FB will prompt you to put all your FB contacts on the phone. I wish I
had said no, but at the time, it was being set up by the Cell phone
company's personnel, so when asked, I just said yes.....not realizing or giving it
much thought. It didn't add phone numbers though unless they were already
listed on FB. I had to go in and merge my existing log with the FB log.
I will have to check to see if it has my phone number listed now, that I
have FB on my phone. Would be interesting, since I did put a block on my
phone number being published.
Going back to using the PC period.....or having your info out there at
all. Long before FB was around, someone told me to do a search on my
name......well, I was shocked at the amount of information that was out there.
Came from public records, including my address, etc. Organizations I belong
to, where my name has appeared in their newsletters, or membership rosters,
all that was available. Also, the funniest, and later most annoying, was
that I had signed a petition (long before 9/11) or any problems in any of
the Arab countries...this was back before I had even joined the AHS list, or
perhaps the first year. Anyway, I signed a petition from a womens rights
group against the mistreatment of women in Afghanistan. When I did the
search (also before 9/11) my name appeared on all sorts of women's rights
websites. I knew it was from the same petition since it had my friends names
before and after....the same ones appeared on every website, in the exact
order. It was humerous at the time.....but later after 9/11) when my mom and
I flew back to Germany for a visit.......I was red flagged....due to my
name appearing on all sorts of muslim websites, etc. I did a search again,
and sure enough, same names just on Arabic websites, had no clue what they
were saying. I had to do a lot of explaining about the initial petition,
etc. For years I was hassled at the airports. Haven't traveled in a few
years now overseas, so don't know if it is better....but I have never signed
another petition since...it was my first and only time......but to this day,
my name (along with the others on the petition) appear constantly on all
sorts of websites.
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 11/5/2012 3:55:04 PM Central Standard Time,
Well, from a technical standpoint it's not going to expire. The
infrastructure has been here since 1997, and I have no plans for it
to go away.
We just have to talk more. :)
I'm also going to touch on some of the Facebook privacy issues just for
giggles' sake since I've seen some messages about it...
Probably my biggest problems come from Facebook's developer
program. Anyone who writes an app for Facebook can get all of
your data -- and all of your friends' data, too. There was
a recent article by a guy who bought a database of one million
Facebook names, email addresses, and phone numbers for $5. The
list had apparently been generated by an app that someone wrote
The next issue I have is with their mobile version. The mobile
version takes the entire contact list from the phone, including
phone numbers, and stores it in Facebook. You can actually go
to Facebook and type in someone's phone number in the search bar;
if that person's information was downloaded via the mobile app
on their own phone or someone else's, it will tell you who that
phone number belongs to.
And then, of course, there's the facial recognition database. Any
time that your face is tagged in a photo (by you or by anyone else)
Facebook does facial recognition analysis and puts your info into
a database. That database is then sold to security agencies,
foreign and domestic governments, etc. Germany sued and blocked
it in certain European countries, but it's still used in the US.
I like a lot of things about Facebook, but I don't like how they're
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