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[–] smokratez 2 points 228 points (+230|-2) ago 

Please win this law suit. This is needed to give people their privacy back.

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[–] jokerbrew 3 points 45 points (+48|-3) ago 

100% agree

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[–] jrandomz_ 5 points 10 points (+15|-5) ago 

It's a little too late for that. We live in the information age which really translates into the categorization of every living thing age. If we really wanted privacy, we'd demand it. Instead we settle for things like facebook and twitter because we value the false promise of security over the weighty responsibility of freedom.

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[–] wesmoc 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Sadly he has no chance. FB gets its data from uploaded photographs and they are exempt from the Illinois law.

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[–] wrongway 12 points 16 points (+28|-12) ago 

Here is a clue to the public: Stop using Facebook!

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[–] 654456 3 points 71 points (+74|-3) ago 

Clue: he wasn't.

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[–] Gorillion 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yep, this is awesome.

Fuckers auto-created a page for me despite never having joined up. I think my existence was sort of triangulated from friend's and family's accounts. Only found out when a new acquaintance emailed saying they'd messaged me on Facebook and was worried when I didn't respond after a week.

The face recognition is creepy as fuck in general. How does it suggest tags for faces it recognizes? Will it pick out somebody who was in a shot by accident and identify them to complete strangers? Or do the accounts have to be linked in some prior way?

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[–] dante2025 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This. There needs to be a line. Companies shouldn't be able to track everything you do just because they are a private entity and the constitution doesn't restrict them. You still have a right to privacy. If you choose not to OPT-IN to the site they shouldn't be able to track and catalog you. Even then, just because a website has a monopoly on a section of the internet doesn't give it the right to do what it pleases. There should be lines they cant cross regardless of whether you choose to participate or not.

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[–] smokratez 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I appreciate your words. Sadly it's too late already. People have chosen comfort over freedom.

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[–] McGoat 0 points 105 points (+105|-0) ago 

Doesn't facebook create a "ghost" account even if you don't have a Facebook?

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[–] Abstentious 1 points 9 points (+10|-1) ago 

The law have to much delay on technology that I'm not even sure that's illegal...

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[–] morrwin 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Why the fuck would it do that? Last time I checked you need to verify your identity when you make an account as well!

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[–] Zodi 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

You literally have to put your cell # in to verify that it's you, or you have to give them YOUR FUCKING SSN.

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[–] McGoat 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

More like ghost profiles maybe. http://www.groovypost.com/news/facebook-shadow-accounts-non-users/

Dunno if the source is reliable...

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[–] ForgotMyName 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I recently had a run-in with this garbage. I have a lot of email addresses. I use a lot of random ones for stupid services like facebook that I don't want having my real email. At some point a year or two ago, it had seemed as though some idiot had created an account using my real email and facebook started spamming me. I just marked it as spam and ignored it. (It happens all the time, I have a mountain personal info from people using my email instead of their own for all kinds of things.)

Fast forward a year or two and I'm cleaning up my email and I notice that facebook is STILL sending update emails to me. (They really don't confirm email addresses?) So, I decide to reset the password on the account, log-in and remove my email from it so it'll stop hassling me. As soon as I reset the password, facebook thanks me for JOINING their site. All this time I thought someone had created a profile using my email. No, facebook had created a fake profile with a picture of some guy that wasn't me, and then spammed me with email until they'd suckered me into joining. I'm guessing they got my email from someone dumb enough to let them scrape their contacts list.

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[–] RedSocks157 0 points 83 points (+83|-0) ago 

Well that's creepy.

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[–] TheAwkwardBrit 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Oh shit, this is what they were planning all along!

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[–] CVravenRaven76 5 points 5 points (+10|-5) ago 

This made me chuckle. Had to upvote.

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[–] runbikebeer 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Is that like binders full of women?

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[–] Deadmeat 0 points 26 points (+26|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Yeah, I'm not a big FB user anymore, but the few times I post pictures for family on the other side of the country, and it instantly recognizes me, my wife, friends, family...it kind of freaks me out and I really want to delete my account. Not that it matters at this point anyways.

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[–] MistaHiggins 0 points 33 points (+33|-0) ago 

The issue with this is that even if you never make a profile on there yourself, a shadow profile would have been created as soon as anyone uploads a photo with your face in it.

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[–] DashingLeech 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I like to lose the signal in the noise by tagging myself with people and things that are not me.

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[–] CVravenRaven76 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Facebook is very creepy and very powerful. I know from personal experience that if you enable specific apps, FB will actually start inviting people as friends on your behalf. Meaning if you have a private account that can only be viewed by friends, FB forces you open to strangers. This can be incredibly dangerous for children's profiles or if you're trying to avoid certain people and circles.

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[–] Lord_Shitlord 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I deleted my account completely. Unfortunately, my family continues to use it and puts photos of me on there. I wish I had zero presence on there but I'm not going to raise a stink with my family about it. The older I get, the less I want any kind of online presence that doesn't provide anonymity.

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[–] axolotl__peyotl [S] 3 points 51 points (+54|-3) ago 

Of the Earth’s 7.2 billion human beings, an estimated 1.49 billion people actively use Facebook on a monthly basis. The social media site has become both an invaluable tool for online activism and an endless stream of cats, food, and selfies.

However, no matter how you use Facebook, the company more than likely has your face on file via its facial-recognition software. This software has lead Facebook Inc. to be sued four times this year for possible violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Currently, Facebook’s software analyzes faces in photos to suggest tags of friends. However, the faces are stored in a database that has privacy advocates concerned. The latest complaint was filed by Frederick William Gullen of Illinois. Gullen does not have a Facebook account but claims Facebook made a template of his face after a friend uploaded a picture of him. Gullen’s complaint states:

Facebook is actively collecting, storing, and using — without providing notice, obtaining informed written consent or publishing data retention policies — the biometrics of its users and unwitting non-users … Specifically, Facebook has created, collected and stored over a billion ‘face templates’ (or ‘face prints’) — highly detailed geometric maps of the face — from over a billion individuals, millions of whom reside in the State of Illinois.

Although no federal law exists to govern the commercial use and collection of biometrics, Illinois and Texas have passed laws designed to protect the public.

Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act made it illegal to collect and store faceprints without obtaining informed written consent. The law also made it illegal for companies to sell, lease, or otherwise profit from a customer’s biometric information. The lawsuits allege Facebook is violating BIPA because it makes faceprints without written consent.

Mary Dixon, legislative director for the ACLU of Illinois, told the IB Times she believes Facebook will likely argue its faceprints are derived from photos, making them exempt from BIPA. The law states that scans of “hand or face geometry” require permission but exempts photographs.

lvaro M. Bedoya, founding executive director of Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy & Technology, also expressed similar concerns. Bedoya was part of discussions on how to craft guidelines for face recognition technology that involved the Center on Privacy & Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and tech industry trade groups.

Bedoya told the IB Times that the groups eventually withdrew from the discussions because the trade associations stifled all attempts to protect consumers, including a rule requiring companies to obtain written consent before collecting faceprints:

“When not a single trade association would agree to that, we just realized we weren’t dealing with people who were there to negotiate,” Bedoya told the Times. “We were there to deal basically with people who wanted to stop the process, or make it something that was watered down.”

The sad fact is that most users of Facebook do not mind having their photos stored in a database that could potentially find its way into the government’s hands.

We keep scrolling down our newsfeed’s parade of cats, selfies, food, and those crazy conspiracy theorists — blissfully unaware. But remember this, “friends”: For every picture you upload, Facebook, and thus Big Brother, get one step closer to cataloging the world.

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[–] HorseIsDead 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

"potentially" as if it isn't already accessible by the government.

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[–] runbikebeer 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Nah. I denied James Comey's friend request.

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[–] U-CAN-TRUST-ME 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

invaluable tool for online activism

You must not have heard the news...

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[–] WolfShade_ 1 points 25 points (+26|-1) ago 

It's about time FB (or any other anti-social network) is held accountable for invasive practices.

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[–] TheDude2 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

We need a concerted effort to poison the facebook data with bad information. Make it so they can't tell what is real and made up. Create profiles with semi-correct info and a shit ton of bad info. Find out where they get their data and enter bad data. It could work if enough people worked together to do it.

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[–] wuziwu 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Time to break out the 4chan signal. :D

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[–] TheDude2 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

No need to go nuclear.

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[–] anonymousPrivileged 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

FB now requires picture ID

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[–] dalek_caan 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

This wouldn't happen. It takes some times, and some people won't do it anyways. Even if 100k people do it, it's still too little to have a real effect :( but I like your idea!

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[–] barset 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Wasn't this one of the major concerns with Google Glass and the development of a profiling app? It's one of those things I'd love to get my hands on, but the potential for abuse is astronomical.

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[–] U-CAN-TRUST-ME 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I cant believe people still use Facebook.

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[–] dalek_caan 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Aside from privacy concerns, these lame selfies, spam, dump people's "smart" opinions, hundreds of games invitations etc. Just these things made me stop using that website.. after all I can chat in dozens of other places, I don't need Facebook to keep the contact with friends from other cities/countries.

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