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Social network statistics

The internet knows us. Really. It does. It knows us at an aggregate level – consider the age/income/children/gender information on social network statistics. but, we are also known individually. We rely on government to provide some level of protection (in Canada we have fairly rigid rules for the type of individual data that can be shared). Even then, sites like Facebook can gain a fairly accurate “picture” of who individuals are simply by mining network associations. If I’m predominantly friending people with certain religious or political views, I’m signaling some level or probability as to my own views. But, it doesn’t stop there. Facebook has one of my favorite lines about data collection: “Facebook may also collect information about you from other sources, such as newspapers, blogs, instant messaging services, and other users of the Facebook service through the operation of the service (e.g., photo tags) in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalized experience.”

One Comment

  1. George,
    Check out this post by Janet Clarey – – very scary trusting for-profit organizations (and governments) with personal information, no?

    Friday, October 2, 2009 at 3:08 am | Permalink