Not long after Germany reopened its investigation into Facebook’s facial-recognition technology, a German consumer group sent the social network a cease-and-desist letter. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations is ordering Facebook to quit giving third-party applications users’ data without their consent. If the social network doesn’t do this by Sept. 4, the Germans plan to sue.
Concerns about personal information collected by Facebook applications still linger despite efforts by the social network and developers to educate users on what data they collect and how they use it, and a new infographic from BackgroundCheck.org lists some surprising names among its worst offenders.
Facebook was seen as the source of personal data that reveal the most about a person, with 26 percent of respondents to a survey of more than 2,000 U.K. consumers citing the social network.
We all know that Facebook has massive amounts of users’ personal data. Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review recently delved into the issue of what Facebook can do with all of that information, in a post by writer Tom Simonite that deftly explores the fascinating yet largely unknown world of Facebook’s in-house and bookish social science arm. Will Facebook use it for good or evil?
Maybe General Motors got an advance copy of new research from digital marketing agency Greenlight, which found that 44 percent of respondents to its survey would “never” click on Facebook ads or sponsored stories.
A Facebook user who happens to be a “very vocal” critic of the social network has been unsuccessfully attempting to retrieve his personal data via the Facebook archive download tool for weeks. Coincidence?
Facebook is facing more regulatory fire in Europe over how the company collects and uses members’ personal information.
Marketers, the new buzz phrase for you is personal identity management. That’s how you’re going to get information from customers over Facebook.