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Opinion: Date-Rating Site Blurs Online Privacy

SOCIAL NETWORKING

February 10, 2012

In a column for The Guardian, Tom Scott analyzes a date-rating site to uncover where data from Facebook can eventually end up. Called Luluvise, this "social network for women" allows women to share personal information about the men they are dating without their consent. One feature, called WikiDate, allows users to "rate" the men. To do so, a user must sign in using their Facebook account. Scott points to Facebook's privacy page, which says, "People who can see your info can bring it with them when they use apps," meaning, Scott argues, "that when your friend signs into an application, they don't just share their own data--they can share some of your data as well." For Scott, the essential lesson is, "if you use Facebook, and your friends sign up for social applications, your name and details could appear in unexpected places."
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