Facebook’s Social Media Problems - Page 2
* Pokes: Retained even after a user removes them.
* Shadow Profiles: Facebook is collecting data about people without their knowledge, using it to substitute existing profiles and to create profiles of non-users.
* Tags: Used without specific user consent. Users have to "untag" themselves (opt-out).
* Synchronizing: Facebook is gathering personal data - e.g., via its iPhone app or the "friend finder" - and using it without the consent of the data subjects.
* Deleted Postings: Postings that have been deleted showed up in the set of data Mr. Schrems received from Facebook.
* Postings on other Users' Pages: Users can't see the settings under which content is distributed that they post on other's pages.
* Messages: Messages, including Chat Messages, are stored by Facebook even after the user deletes them. This means that all direct communication on Facebook can never be deleted.
Facebook has always been blatant about ‘owning’ all the data you input or create there but the issues of trust which have been created with the retention of deleted data as well as data gathered without the user’s consent, has triggered an audit of its Dublin headquarters by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC). The case is being documented, ironically enough, on Facebook with the Europe vs Facebook group which you can ask to join if you like.
Seeing how Facebook is about to enter a new age of blatant data-mining with “Frictionless Sharing” its cavalier attitude to members’ concerns and privacy issues will have to change. If it does not, eventually, the erosion of trust will bring about its downfall. If that happens online users will lose the ability Facebook’s existence has to keep Google + on the straight and narrow.