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March 17th, 2010

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10:36 am
MySpace sells user data, in bulk.

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Date:March 17th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
The real surprise is that they haven't been doing this the whole time.
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Date:March 17th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
To think, adapting the mindset that any every company (banks/hospitals/governments included) can and will sell your info or try to profit from it and approaching your relations with them from that angle is seen as cynical, paranoid, and alarmist.

Not advocating avoiding census workers or trying to hide from the internet, mind you. We should just cease to be surprised that anything we put on the internet winds up spreading and being used for purposes we may not have known or intended, and maybe rethinking how much privacy we should demand or expect in return for the convenience we enjoy.

The odd thing is some people were thinking that way in 1990. How is this not a common mindset by now?
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Date:March 17th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised that people are surprised; I'd assumed that MySpace had been doing this the whole time.

-- Steve wonders how shocked people would be to learn that AirMiles also sells their purchase pattern information to marketing companies... hey, where did they think the money to pay for the rewards came from?
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Date:March 17th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Mostly anonymised data? *shrug*

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