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The article makes an important point: Even if you don't care about your own privacy, you should still respect other people's privacy.

That is, don't publish your personal information if it is related to others, unless they gave you permission to do so.

More generally, never impose your own decisions on others.




Recently there was a documentary about dating sites buying huge databases of individuals and yes none of them knew their data was for sale. Therefore the issue could be sometimes that your own data is out there without your own consent.


How could you ever do this?

Let's say you don't trust Google. But your friend does, and he stores your name, address, dob, work email, private email, and mobile number in his address book. What now?

Now let's say he has uploaded some photos of a bbq you were at. You notice somehow because you don't want the photos of you up there. He responds by making them private. Now you don't know. What now?

You say to "never impose your own decisions on others", but here this is unworkable.


Vog's comment (like my blog post--thanks for linking, vog!) is directed at your friend, not you; it's trying to tell him that he shouldn't be storing your personal info in his Google account without getting your permission first.

this is unworkable.

Only because so many people are sadly unaware of the implications of posting data to the cloud. That's why I thought the issue was worth blogging about.


I assume it isn't done knowingly in most cases, since very few people will read the fine print. Unless you can persuade everyone who has your contact details never to use these facebook features then you can assume they have those details.


I assume it isn't done knowingly in most cases, since very few people will read the fine print.

In the particular case I wrote about in the article, there's not even any fine print to read: Facebook built the "shadow" profiles of people based on other people's contact info for them behind the scenes, without the users even knowing.




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