Facebook Uses You

I caution people about social media, though of course I use it myself. The vast majority of people respond, “There’s nothing on there that would hurt me.” Actually, there’s a very great deal, though I usually sound like Chicken Little when I tick through the list of threats. So here, how about this: Don’t take it from me.

From the article “Facebook Is Using You”:

Even though laws allow people to challenge false information in credit reports, there are no laws that require data aggregators to reveal what they know about you. If I’ve Googled “diabetes” for a friend or “date rape drugs” for a mystery I’m writing, data aggregators assume those searches reflect my own health and proclivities. Because no laws regulate what types of data these aggregators can collect, they make their own rules.