Facebook asking if friends are using their real names

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by TheWindBringeth, Sep 22, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. TheWindBringeth

    TheWindBringeth Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2012
    Posts:
    2,084
    http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.co...-users-about-their-friends-fake-usernames.php
    Given the company's TOS, mentality, and the numerous ways in which data can be correlated, anyone assuming that they can keep their account and stored information separate from their real identity should rethink that.
     
  2. Pinga

    Pinga Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2006
    Posts:
    1,420
    Location:
    Europe
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/0...ssioner_facebook_review_following_2011_audit/
     
  3. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2011
    Posts:
    6,024
    If you want to make up names on Facebook, you can't connect in any way to your real life. Otherwise, your "anonymity" is doomed. Isn't that obvious?
     
  4. Escalader

    Escalader Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2005
    Posts:
    3,710
    Location:
    Land of the Mooses

    The moment any web based social media is "used" anonymity is 0.

    I don't use it. When I tank up the car, go to a movie is of no interest to anybody.
     
  5. Mman79

    Mman79 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Posts:
    2,016
    Location:
    North America
    Your anonymity is practically 0 regardless, if you do anything else in modern society. You may be safe from Facebook prodding, but your bank, grocery store, workplace, hospital and so on know who you are. These are places both the government and hackers can get information from easily. Now I'm no tin foil hat wearer, but society is making it more and more difficult to be "off the grid". Not using social media is something I'm actually in favor of, but truthfully you're only avoiding a limited amount of the overall threat by staying away from them.

    Facebook shouldn't be asking questions like this though, in my own opinion.
     
  6. nobody_77

    nobody_77 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2012
    Posts:
    1
    Location:
    Antarctica
    i wonder how much longer its going to be until when you buy gas and pay with a CC, (or make any other purchase with a CC for that matter), your ID and location details are instantly sent to google so they can send ads to you on your iPhone as well as add the data to your profile. i bet its less than 5 years.

    i tried to sign up for an random acct on facebook a few days ago to communicate with a software maker (they have no forum, just use facebook to deal with customers) and fb wanted a cell phone number just to confirm acct or it would be deleted, so i declined. glad i never got involved with "social media" bs.
     
  7. Tarnak

    Tarnak Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2007
    Posts:
    3,873
    So, in the end we will be enslaved!...but, they still won't catch the crooks, bad guys and terrorists! What a world we live in...going to hell in a handbasket.
     
  8. TheWindBringeth

    TheWindBringeth Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2012
    Posts:
    2,084
    Well, there was this little gem from last year: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204002304576627030651339352.html
     
  9. Mman79

    Mman79 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Posts:
    2,016
    Location:
    North America
    I haven't heard of the cell phone requirement yet. They certainly would never get mine, though I'm certain Google already has it. As to sending ads, look to smartphone map apps for an example. Apple and others are using it to target ads relevant to where you are currently at. That's the plan at least and they readily admit it. Although, currently a few are moving away from Google and replacing them with their own map services. Which is why you have the ongoing Apple maps SNAFU.
     
  10. Marja

    Marja Honestly, I'm not a bot!!

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2004
    Posts:
    4,553
    Location:
    In the Vast Fields of My Mind
    So, basically, FB is asking people to 'rat out' their friends?

    Wow! Have things changed that much? :eek:
    That was one of the worst things you could do.
    Where was I when that changed? :doubt:

    Seems a few 'regimes' started out that same way...rat out your 'friends' and neighbors.

    FB is not for me, but if you have a business you want to promote,
    and sign on as that business, then I could see it.
     
  11. Mman79

    Mman79 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Posts:
    2,016
    Location:
    North America
  12. LockBox

    LockBox Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2004
    Posts:
    2,275
    Location:
    Here, There and Everywhere
    Easiest way for a fake Facebook (for use for deals, etc.) is to make up a name and send friend invites to people who already have tons of friends and obviously accept everyone's request. Think local TV newspeople, politicos, local restaurants, sports teams, local radio disc jockeys, local bands, clubs. You can do this and respond to news items, etc. Talk about your college days at Whatever U (a BIG school)....use their logo on your page, before long you look active but in reality have connected with nobody who knows you.
     
  13. siljaline

    siljaline Former Poster

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Posts:
    6,619
  14. encus

    encus Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2009
    Posts:
    535
    They should think about privacy of the users :rolleyes:
     
  15. siljaline

    siljaline Former Poster

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Posts:
    6,619
    Although Facebook privacy is always hotly debated, folks like me and many others are constantly after them to make the site more safe and private. I am not a social sharing advocate, I have steered many unwitting users from not signing up at Facebook.
     
  16. The Red Moon

    The Red Moon Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2012
    Posts:
    3,871
    One of the largest breaches of privacy ever created.Everybody,s life is more or less judged by your facebook status.
    Where is it all heading to though?:doubt:
     
  17. CasperFace

    CasperFace Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2010
    Posts:
    200
    Not necessarily. A "creatively altered" name is generally good enough to allude most low-level adversaries or snoops, such as a prospective employer searching your real name to see if you have a Facebook account. But if a determined stalker already knows all of the names of your family and friends, then yeah; your anonymity is doomed.
     
  18. siljaline

    siljaline Former Poster

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Posts:
    6,619
    If Facebook flags a contrived or dummy account, it would be disabled and | or closed. For what it's worth :cool:
     
  19. PJC

    PJC Very Frequent Poster

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Posts:
    2,959
    Location:
    Internet
    "Can Facebook and Privacy walk hand in hand?" o_O
     
  20. siljaline

    siljaline Former Poster

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Posts:
    6,619
    In most cases, if not all, I would say no, unfortunately.
     
  21. noone_particular

    noone_particular Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2008
    Posts:
    3,798
    They can try, but if there's no Facebook account....
    I'm waiting for the day that someone tries to force me to open one or makes one a requirement for something.
     
  22. Mman79

    Mman79 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Posts:
    2,016
    Location:
    North America
    With now 1 billion (not counting known fake accounts) people using it, I would not at all be shocked if it became a requirement for more things. There are already websites and services that require it and employers are growing increasingly interested in viewing prospective employee accounts. California had to ban employers from demanding Facebook passwords, so that right there should say a lot.

    I think the evidence is piling up that we're moving away from a private world where one can do their own thing and be left alone or not be considered untrustworthy because we aren't doing what everyone else thinks we should do.
     
  23. siljaline

    siljaline Former Poster

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Posts:
    6,619
    Facebook hits the big one: 1 billion monthly active users
    Article
     
  24. Nebulus

    Nebulus Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2007
    Posts:
    1,582
    Location:
    European Union
    When you open a Facebook account the only personal information required is your name, your birthday and your email. You can leave the account like that, set it up with full privacy options and then you have a Facebook account that tells almost nothing. Just a thought...
     
  25. encus

    encus Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2009
    Posts:
    535
    I doubt it :ninja:
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.