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Facebook's new app: 'Slave'

Stefan Hammond | April 9, 2013
My name is Stefan Hammond and my picture is above. OK, the pic's a few years old and I don't look quite that good. But that's me.

"Personal data shall be collected for a purpose directly related to a function and activity of the data user; lawful and fair collection of adequate data; data subjects shall be informed of the purpose for which the data are collected and to be used."

Concerned yet?

If you're still keen on turning your open-source Android device over to Facebook's data-collectors, read this piece by Om Malik:

"Facebook's history as a repeat offender on privacy, and playing loose and easy with our data means that need to be even more vigilant about privacy issues, thanks to this Home app/faux-OS."

"The new Home app/UX/quasi-OS is deeply integrated into the Android environment. It takes an effort to shut it down, because Home's whole premise is to be always on and be the dashboard to your social world," wrote Malik. "But there is a bigger worry. The phone's GPS can send constant information back to the Facebook servers, telling it your whereabouts at any time."

Protect your data globally

Many users have similar privacy-invasion concerns about Google and Apple.

These concerns are valid. Both these firms collect personal data, as do ISPs, and Hong Kong retail outlets. We have the legal protection of the PDPO, but must remain vigilant on data-privacy issues.

And unlike Apple and Google, Facebook doesn't have products beyond its social networking site and related apps. The only way they can boost revenue is by harvesting more data from Facebook users and triangulating it--for their stated purpose of advertising. Do you really want to give Facebook access to everything on your mobile device and its real-time GPS co-ordinates?

Wired's Levy asked Mark Zuckerberg:

"So do you think in, say, two years you will have this on the iPhone?"

His reply sounds like the snarky Zuckerberg-character portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg in the film The Social Network:

"That's above my pay grade to be able to answer that," smirked the Zuck.



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