Facebook sued for allegedly reading private messages and selling data to advertisers

By Shawn Knight
Jan 3, 2014
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  1. Two Facebook users have filed a lawsuit against the social networking giant claiming the site violates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in addition to California privacy and unfair competition laws by reading private messages sent between users and sharing key...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,117   +232

    "This isn’t the first time Facebook has been in hot water over private message privacy concerns. In 20012, the Wall Street Journal ran a story that essentially covered the same topic. Facebook at the time said their computers do analyze messages but only to filter spam and detect chatter that might be related to criminal activities."

    Ok who used the time machine and posted a story from 20012?
    dennis777 likes this.
  3. In 20012

    typo..
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  4. Seriously, leave facebook now! If you're totally oblivious to privacy-based sites, then check out some of these: Ravetree, DuckDuckGo, HushMail, and there are many more.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,970   +729

    All social networking sites should include a disclaimer in their agreement that you waive all rights to privacy if you use them. We should all just save the NSA the time, hassle and tax payers money by closing our social networking accounts and join theirs. I mean these social networking sites are really just a NSA front with ad's.
  6. MikeAcker

    MikeAcker Newcomer, in training

    I think to a significant extent folks are coming to understand all this 'free' stuff is really a business model in which personal information ('PII') is the currency. PII is essential to advertising campaigns that are 'targeted', I.e. addressed to individuals who have manifested an interest in a particular type of product.

    the biggest mining ops are the commercial software companies and it appears most of our hacking -- black ops, NSA etc are patched on. in my view the 'hackers' -- criminals -- are the biggest threat. but when we secure our systems agains criminal hacking -- who else gets shut out? everybody. oh well.
  7. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,846   +887

    This doesnt surprise me one bit. Facebook has been up to no good ever since it began to become popular. They just care about money, not their users.
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  8. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,661   +57

    Surprise surprise, not
  9. Chuck Cortes

    Chuck Cortes Newcomer, in training Posts: 53   +13

    I thought it was just random but now I see that typos have become far too common on this sites articles. Between the "20012" typo and the "The plaintiffs want to suit to be made" grammar error, I am annoyed at the lack of professionalism on this site. Even my browser has a spell check and grammar function. I already dropped MaximumPC due to their stupid readers who have learned nothing about tech while on there plus their useless registration section that doesn't work, now I'm gonna have to find a place where the writers don't spend more time researching the latest in tech while disregarding grammar. Totally unprofessional.
  10. dennis777

    dennis777 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 274   +29

    They might be using iPhone's auto-correct when writing the article. :p
    kidding aside don't use any social site if you have privacy concerns. Using Facebook is free so they use your data for income.

  11. People still use Facebook?
     
  12. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,184   +230

    Heck, I know people that don't care if everybody knows everything about them.
    Don't put it on fb if you don't want the world to know.


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