Sunday, April 25, 2010

NY Senator wants to claim down on social networking sites trade in personal information

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to draft policies limiting the trading of personal information from social networking sites, especially Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter. The New York Daily News has its own story today by Simone Weichselbaum, “Schumer blasts Facebook, social network sites for making money by selling users' info” link here .  Persumably he will want to make the social networking "privacy" options make things really private and reduce the "everyone" effect.

Of course, these sites wouldn’t continue if they couldn’t make money doing something.

Publication services like Blogger and Wordpress (even YouTube) sound, offhand, less targeted by Schumer’s fury. I try to keep my posts related to issues, with personal narratives only as relevant to issues, typically not the identifying information useful to marketers. However, I still got a lot of sales-oriented emails based on misinterpretation of what I post. But it’s generally harmless. (I know how to spot the scams.)

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