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Flirting site betrays love cheats

More on social media and privacy: this time, a well-known hook-up website which allows visitors to check which of their friends have already joined up.

Badoo uses a tactic which is becoming more and more common in social media sites: ‘opt out’ privacy settings.

It means that unless you are very, very careful about how you join, it will advertise the fact that you have joined up to all your Facebook or email contacts.

For some, this is no problem, for others (e.g. those who are married) it could result in disaster. When we were reporting on Badoo, everyone in the office had a shot at running their contacts list through to see who had joined up… let’s just say the results were surprising and amusing.

Lesson one: if you are going to join these websites, and you value your privacy, be very careful and always read the small print.

Full text is on the Sunday Times’s website here, or after the fold

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Facebook’s ‘shadow profiles’

 

While researching this full page news-feature for The Sunday Times, I spoke to the Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems, of the group Europe v Facebook.

He told me that he first became interested in Facebook’s policies when he realised the extent to which the social media giant’s tactics appeared to conflict with European privacy laws.

To demonstrate the huge amount of information held for each user, he requested a copy of all of his private data held by the company under data protection laws. Printed out, it formed 1,222 sides of A4 paper – and much of the data held he thought he had deleted. It wasn’t deleted, it was only hidden from view.

Check out his campaign: http://www.europe-v-facebook.org.

Full text on the Sunday Times website here, or after the fold.

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