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But I’m not on Facebook

Dec 06 2010 Published by under contacts, info sharing, silos

We see Facebook “Like” buttons everywhere. They’re a common token of popularity: if you “like” someone or something, you’re connected in some direct-through-Facebook digital way. In Facebook’s ‘Like This’ button is tracking you (Whether you click it or not), author Stewart Meagher reports that Dutch researcher Arnold Roosendaal “warns that Facebook is tracking and tracing everyone, whether they use the social networking site or not.”

“However, when a site is visited which includes Facebook Connect, this application issues a cookie. From that moment on, visits to other websites which display the ‘Like’ button result in a request for the Like button from the Facebook server including the cookie.”

Which means Facebook has swiped another batch of valuable data without asking for permission.

“Based on the cookie, the entire web behaviour of an individual user can be followed,” says Roosendaal. “Every site that includes some kind of Facebook content will initiate an interaction with the Facebook servers, disclosing information about the visited web site together with the cookie.”

Roosendaal’s paper is available at the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

Our question is this: is there a way to change the system so that it is permissions-based?

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Trap My Contacts

Nov 19 2010 Published by under contacts

One of the beautiful things about voluntary, personal information sharing is that we have the option to interact with our friends and colleagues–as part of our social network–using a variety of tools and Internet services. It’s often a harsh reality check to be reminded that some of those tools and services don’t really want us to share in ways that we would like.

So it goes with sharing between service providers Google and Facebook. Each of them have useful collaborative, content sharing tools such as Facebook’s walls (telling in subtle ways) and photos, and Google’s docs, groups, and YouTube. Both providers also have ways to use your login as a single sign-on with other services (Facebook Connect and Google Friend Connect).

What’s new: Google is reminding us that sharing your contacts with Facebook is a one-way street. It’s helpful to have a reminder that our sharing is not just about us, but often includes details and data about our friends that they may or may not wish to share about themselves. It’s a messy world while we figure this out.

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