This is so funny. A dating web site ripped off Facebook to the tune of 250,000 user profiles and used them to populate their dating site.
Data Privacy Day site. I put this here just for grins. FYI, Nobody really cares about your privacy. Except to the extent they can make money from buying and selling your private information. LINK
The offending site is down now or has been taken down. The page that comes up says: “Sorry, the web site not work, You should try again.” Sounds like our friends in another part of the world doing what they do every day in this country. Figure out ways to steal whatever information they can. And we just stupidly give it to them. Kind of gives a new meaning to FREEdom. Between the rip off artists, the banks, the corps and government I’m thinking the only people who actually pay for anything anymore are the working class heroes of this country.
Note to self: when crafting a business plan, stealing data from Facebook might not be the best way to go. A little-known dating site apparently did not get the memo, and imported 250,000 Facebook profiles without permission to populate its site.
The site, Lovely-Faces.com, launched this week with data scraped from public Facebook profiles, including names, locations, and photos. The service used facial recognition technology to sort the Facebook photos into categories like easy going, smug, or sly, according to a report from Wired.
The site in question is currently down. A Friday morning cache had a message that said “Sorry, the web site not work, You should try again.” That cache has since been deleted.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but a spokesman told Wired that pulling information from the site is against its terms and that “we have taken, and will continue to take, aggressive legal action against organizations that violate these terms.”
Facebook made headlines last month when it said it would make user phone numbers and addresses available to developers via the company’s “User Graph object,” or the permissions required to install an app. After some backlash, Facebook said it would temporarily disable the phone and address sharing feature.