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Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Great holiday resorts and Facebook have one thing in common; they are hard to leave. But unlike the former where it’s the beauty of the place that makes one just want to stay on, with Facebook it’s the policy that forces you.

With Facebook, users found it hard deactivating themselves because it was a complex and lengthy process. And it got even trickier from there. Deactivation did not mean deletion and with deactivation Facebook retained one’s information on the premise that one could entertain second thoughts and decide to return! This is highly suspicious considering that once someone has made a decision to opt out of a service they ought to be released with all their belongings. One wonders what Facebook was thinking assuming all its users were fickle-minded people whose minds were never made up. It is actually insulting when you think about it.

Then when you consider the reasons that might push you to close your account and Facebook still wants to keep your information, you get even madder. For instance in its early years the website was only for college students and many of them might have posted information that would not be tolerated outside their college life. So you get someone who has graduated and now in their job hunt they realise that the information on their Facebook could jeopardise their chances of getting a job. So they want to delete that information but Facebook still wants to keep it! I am surprised that no one has gone to court to sue the social networking site for ruining their life, because such a thing is potentially disastrous.
While with other websites and social networking sites one’s information can be removed with just a single click of the mouse, with Facebook one previously had to go through a lengthy process which in most cases was very manual and time consuming.

While such a policy was perfectly legal in the United States, in the European Union it could have been deemed unlawful. (Which raises questions about the qualifications of the people at the legal department of Facebook!). This is because for instance in the United Kingdom, the laws in question state that firms should not hold information for periods longer than is appropriate which is what Facebook was doing with its deactivation policy, rather than complete removal. In this regard users of the social networking site in the United Kingdom have complained to the relevant authorities and the social networking site is being investigated.

In light of the above, the social networking site has changed its tune and now lets users opt out of the service and have all their information deleted with just one email request. But still that is not enough. What many don’t know (especially for those who choose to retain their information with the site) is that Facebook can conduct data mining from newspapers, blogs, IMs etc about you and then have it added to your profile! It’s like the secret police who in this case are trailing your electronic footprints and then contacting the headquarters to report on you! This is not a joke and one will find this in Facebook’s privacy policy which is available on the site. All this translates to mean that big brother is not only watching you but is also data mining you!

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6 Responses to “Facebook login”

  1. Nick Joens said on May 28th, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Unfortunately I believe this is to do with US legislation. When I cancelled my hosting account with GoDaddy.com I asked for my details to be expunged from their system and was told that they weren’t allowed to do so. If they were UK sites then it would fall under the Data Protection Act clause that states “to keep the data only for the time for which the information is necessary” but not so in the US.

  2. Lorato said on July 15th, 2008 at 7:43 am

    My daughter has deceased and she has been on Facebook for years, there is this “friend Finder” that people have told me abt. It shows her pics and all. I wanto know how can I remove that picture, How do her faceboook account? Please please Help Me anyone who sees this message Im a desprate mother who is pleading for help.

  3. selorm said on January 7th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    we are one

  4. anthony said on January 26th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    this facebok website is fucking shit

  5. mikko said on May 7th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Lorato…ou have to find out the email address she used then write the host…you’ll also find out more than ask for, but you MUST have her computer!..

  6. Tom said on July 16th, 2009 at 6:57 am

    I know that Facebook Login have an article on how to completely delet yourself from their database its quite tricky to do but I tested it and it works!

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