Welcome to the hotel...
ggarrgh so now I'm humming the eagles. y'basterds.
Anyway... Paris seemed appropriate for benefiting from having personal details online.... now just need to refresh my memory on t'internet...
Mark Zuckerberg has been given a taste of his own medicine: his personal information is being plastered all over the web forever. The Facebook boss has failed in a court bid to gag a magazine that published data including drunken extracts from his college diary and his social security number. Federal judge Douglas Woodlock …
At last some payback for all those people who opened a Facebook account with no real idea of teh imapct it would have on their lives.
Unfortunately, it won't really hit Zuckerberg in the pocket, unlike the many people who have lost jobs or failed to find work as a result of some poorly judged utterances on the site that can never be deleted.
Shame on you Zuckerberg, may your personal details shine happily on the web forever, or until you allow people to delete their accounts permanently.
Welcome to the facebook california
Such a lovely space
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the facebook california
Any time of year, you can post it here...
Anyway, I really love how El Reg pokes on Zuckerberg by using the "... bitch" line against him. "I'm a walking billboard... bitch" "I'm in privacy trouble... bitch" and others. ;)
...is enjoying the pain of the founder of Facebook, the trouble here is that this kind of case can help set a precedent. In this case the precedent would appear to be that it's OK for a magazine or other kind of publication to obtain papers from a court and publish them in their entirety including personal information such as your SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. In other words the court is effectively removing this man's right to protect this highly personal and confidential information that in the hands of a petty criminal can be the cause of ID theft. As if we don't already have enough of this in the US. The Government and banks don't want to know or help with ID Theft. Apparently the courts don't give a crap either. While it's great fun to laugh at Mr Facebook's mis-fortune, the flip side is a precedent that doesn't need to be set.
Serves the sucker right, really. Karma at it's best.
As for the precedent being set - it was set years ago. Unless they are sealed (and I gather this wasn't) court records are public documents.
As for the American SSN being "highly personal", bollocks. Many companies (even online) ask for the SSN as "ID". With the almost complete lack of real data protection laws, it's hardly "private" information anymore. The Americans may have bullied Canada and Europe into forcing them to water down their data protection laws to allow US companies to continue their tricks, but the US really doesn't have any such laws. If they did, Facebook and others wouldn't be able to do what they're doing.
Paris probably has more of a clue about privacy than American laws (state or federal).
Makes me glad I've avoided Facebook, MySpace and the rest of the "anti-social networking" sites. MySpace is owned by Murdoch and therefore you risk your immortal soul if you associate with it, Facebook is owned and run by a bunch of spoilt brats who shouldn't be allowed to drive let alone look after people's private data.
Aside from several Google apps, VoIP, etc. what exactly has the absurdly over-hyped "Web 2.0" produced that's of any benefit to anyone aside from those who hold stock options in the companies?
Up until December 2005 some states used your Soc. number as your Drivers License number. If you had one of those every time you used a check, rented equipment, car, hotel or any of the other places that use your Drivers License ID you gave who knows how many people your Soc.
I agree that Facebook don't make it "easy" to delete accounts, but they can be removed.
After realising what a silly idea Facebook was, I deleted all my data (as much as possible) and deactivated the account. I then sent their support people an email asking them to delete any remaining information (and really kill the account). They seemed quite happy to carry out this request.
Of course, they could have an evil master-plan which involves keeping the data when they say they have deleted it...but surely that's the same for any hosting service.
Just a point. Your NINO is not the sam as the American SSN.
As far as I can tell the US use the SSN as a VERY important piece of data. Your NINO should not be. Some companys do use it, but they shoulden't. It should only be your REF for HMRC and the DWP and should be no more secret than your driving licence number.
... is it really Facebooks fault that users fill in every field possible, I certainly haven't, people looking at my info will find that I live some where in England, if they see my IP address they will be able to pinpoint more precisely, than any info I have given.
It's another case of Caveat Emptor, although I have no knowledge of Latin to change the "buyer" word to something more appropriate. In short take responsibility for your self.
... are *not* and have never been designed to be used as an personal ID system on the cheap. If they were HMRC wouldn't admit there are more NINOs in circulation than there could ever be people working.
Also there are many cases of two people being issued the same NINO, which makes it useless for guarenteeing ID anyway.
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