Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Oct 2016 20:43 UTC
Internet & Networking

When it was revealed last week that police used a social media monitoring program to track protestors, it inspired outrage, and major tech companies immediately cut off API access for the tool. But at least one of those companies had prior opportunity to know what the tool, Geofeedia, was capable of. According to three former Geofeedia employees who spoke with The Verge, Facebook itself used the tool for corporate security. Facebook, according to two of the sources, even used Geofeedia to catch an intruder in Mark Zuckerberg's office.

Social media companies like Facebook are weird - and incredibly pervasive. Someone I know - I'm not going to be too specific here - once proudly said he/she does not want Facebook to know where he/she lives, so he/she did not fill in that field in his/her Facebook account. I smiled internally and thought to myself "Facebook knows you are at a specific address between the hours of 18:00 and 8:30 every workday and during the weekend - I'm pretty sure Facebook knows where you live".

Comfort levels with social media and technology companies usually come down to fooling ourselves.

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RE[5]: Location?
by sj87 on Mon 24th Oct 2016 15:00 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Location?"
sj87
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2007-12-16

You are intentionally withdrawing some of your privacy to also gain something for it. But it's a completely different thing, when people try to hide their address because they want to intentionally protect their privacy... but still unintentionally give it away.

Edited 2016-10-24 15:00 UTC

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RE[6]: Location?
by nicubunu on Mon 24th Oct 2016 15:26 in reply to "RE[5]: Location?"
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2014-01-08

service providers like Facebook can learn your address in a few ways:
1. you type it with your hands in your profile page, in this case is totally your fault
2. you allow your device(s) (usually phone) to provide geolocation, which is then translated into an address, again entirely your fault
3. you tag yourself or friends tag you in a post geolocated in a specific place, this is partly your fault, partly your friends'
4. the IP you are connecting to can be tied to an approximate location (perhaps the city), which can't be helped, this is the way it is.

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