[LINK] Why Irkut ?
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Mon Feb 9 10:11:08 EST 2004
At 07:42 AM 9/02/04 +1100, Roger Clarke wrote:
>I agree that it's feasible to design a privacy-sensitive social networking
>service. But the ones I've looked at so far are anything but
>privacy-sensitive; and I have doubts that there's a lot of money to be
>made from it, other than by exploitation of consumer data.
I wonder too if there might be some 'bad feelings' in result from these
things. I received my first plaxo request which didn't look at first to be
a plaxo request. I thought it was a friend who really was updating
contacts. When I saw that the return address was plaxo, I switched to my
friend's personal address and declined from being included. I explained
the problem of some services reserving the right to sell all this info as
the 'asset' if they sell the business, so there is nothing to stop them
selling to a marketing company or rebadging as one. I also pointed out
that the optout option on the email wasn't satisfactory because all that
does is confirm a live address.
She sent me [and others presumably bcc] a report. That's fine, but I
wonder if there will be less thought to sending such things that weren't of
interest to me in the first place as a result of blanket mailings like
this? She is careful to say she will remove people from distribution if
they aren't interested.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
jwhit at melbpc.org.au -- http://member.melbpc.org.au/~jwhit/whitentr.htm
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