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Facebook imports Gmail data anyway, Google "disappointed"

By Emil ยท 19 replies
Nov 9, 2010
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  1. Facebook has decided to ignore Google's attempt to block the social networking site from grabbing the search giant's data, according to All Facebook. Palo Alto has found a way around Mountain View's restriction and is leveraging a Google feature that lets users download their own data for their own use. Facebook gives its new users a direct download link and then instructs them to upload the Google file back to Facebook.

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  2. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Google Wars - from battling Mac to invading countries. Always entertaining! :D
  3. Frostback

    Frostback TS Rookie

    While technically Facebook is not violating the ToS as it is the Gmail users data, it seems like a slightly shady workaround. Facebook is still reeling from all the privacy issues they've faced this year and don't want another issue to rear it's ugly head. Problem is, if Google can offer a download of the data in their Gmail users contacts, why can't Facebook offer the same thing? It's obviously not a technical issue, more of a corporate policy issue. Facebook will release the data for one thing: money.
  4. This means Fargin war............
  5. customcarvin

    customcarvin TS Enthusiast Posts: 102   +8

    Facebook should tread carefully around Google.... they might have an accident and be known as Faceplant.... ..... :D
  6. VitaminC

    VitaminC TS Rookie Posts: 29

    I wonder how many of the facebook addicts out there would even consider this an issue if they knew what was going on.
  7. Neojt

    Neojt TS Addict Posts: 235   +59

    somebody is looking for a law suit ...
  8. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 157

    I lold, even though there is some truth to it.
  9. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    I wonder how many normal Facebook/Gmail users even care about these issues, at the end of the day people just want to sync their contacts!
  10. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,437   +1,899

    @slh28: i don't care about facebook, but i do want to some "blood spilled". in the end us, the users should benefit from this "war".
  11. Razerblade

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    I smell trouble! If Facebook can use gmail contacts then Gmail should be able to use Facebook. It is only fair. I wonder if Google will find a way around this?!
  12. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,116   +13

    way to go mark he likes to screw everybody if you haven't seen the social network its great. I do think its wrong for facebook to do this anyway when they were asked not to.
  13. Recipe7

    Recipe7 TS Booster Posts: 143

    Billions vs. Billions = doesn't matter. A lawsuit will still end in both still having Billions.
  14. OneArmedScissor

    OneArmedScissor TS Enthusiast Posts: 50   +7

    Lol they don't give a rat's *** about "privacy issues." It wouldn't be Facebook to begin with if they did.
  15. Mushroom

    Mushroom TS Rookie Posts: 32

    Just what Facebook needs, a bad image...oh wait.
  16. ruzveh

    ruzveh Banned Posts: 123

    Indirectly we are making copies of our own contacts everywhere. Facebook servers are already floating eveywhere on torrent sites and thing like this is really a shameful thing
  17. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    It rather can be the other way round, because google is perceiving facebook as a long term threat. Anyway, frankly I don't like the idea of few big players get the ability to control how 'users can use their own data'.
  18. pacostrano

    pacostrano TS Member

    My contacts of Gmail are not link and it will never be
  19. surbey

    surbey TS Rookie

    Many don't and that's the problem. If people do not actively use and support programs that push for platform independence or fewer data restrictions than they might go the wayside. I think our society got VERY lucky that a company like google is run by mostly sane and thoughtful individuals. Can you imagine if Google wanted to start charging for use? Or if they only wanted certain pages to display that support them exclusively? We'd be screwed.

    On this issue, Google is completely right. The guys at Facebook have never been on the ball with what users want or what is best for everyone involved.
  20. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 316

    Great - two of the biggest companies with the worst privacy policies fighting over whose shady privacy policies are violated more.....

    I am so glad I don't use either - you folks are insane putting your lives in the hands of things like Facebook and Google.

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