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    Major Corporations Are Downloading Those 100 Million Facebook Profiles off BitTorrent
    Major Corporations Are Downloading Those 100 Million Facebook Profiles off BitTorrent

    Remember that torrent yesterday that contained the personal information off of 100 million scraped Facebook profiles? I thought it was strange that the guy didn't sell this information, since many companies would be interested. Turns out they are interested.

    A.C. Nielsen
    Agilent Technologies
    Apple Computer
    AT&T – Possible Macrovision
    Baker & McKenzie
    BBC
    Bertelsmann Media
    Boeing
    Church of Scientology
    Cisco Systems
    Cox Enterprises
    Davis Polk & Wardwell
    Deutsche Telekom
    Disney
    Duracell
    Ernst & Young
    Fujitsu
    Goldman Sachs
    Halliburton
    HBO & Company
    Hilton Hospitality
    Hitachi
    HP
    IBM
    Intel
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    Levi Strauss & Co.
    Lockheed-Martin Corp
    Lucasfilm
    Lucent
    Lucent Technologies
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    Mitsubishi
    Motorola
    Northrop Grumman
    Novell
    Nvidia
    O’Melveny & Myers
    Oracle Corp
    Pepsi Cola
    Procter and Gamble
    Random House
    Raytheon
    Road Runner RRWE
    Seagate
    Sega
    Siemens AG
    SONY CORPORATION
    Sprint
    Sun Microsystems
    Symantec
    The Hague
    Time Warner Telecom
    Turner Broadcasting system
    Ubisoft Entertainment
    Unisys
    United Nations
    Univision
    USPS
    Viacom
    Vodafone
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    I'm failing to see how this is much of a big deal. Maybe it's just that some people are too stupid to not put their whole life on fb.


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    Wouldn't it be illegal to use those details for marketing.

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    Even though it's a torrent of an open directory, it's interesting how many companies were all over accessing this info. There are some companies on the list, some people would not be fond of having their info.

    But there has to be people among that torrent who must be in the dark about their privacy still. A couple of months ago, I had no clue my FB profile was opted into the search directory. Also, if those people whose names are in that torrent file decide they don't want to be in the directory anymore, their info is already logged and downloaded. It's beyond their control to take back their privacy, that's the scary part.

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    In the end if people have a public profile and post everything they can think about themselves - it's their choice and all they can do is get angry with people who download these files, never realizing they posted the info themselves knowingly providing it to anyone. What's the difference really between viewing the profile on facebook online any time of the day or looking through the same content from your own hard drive?

    And of course big companies are interested, it's a survey much greater then anything they can put together in such a short time.

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    "Church of Scientology" Glad I have not got much on my FaceBook page
    You can say that again. Shudder...
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    Quote Originally Posted by scathe View Post
    And of course big companies are interested, it's a survey much greater then anything they can put together in such a short time.
    not only greater, but also cheaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by iWhat View Post
    Also, if those people whose names are in that torrent file decide they don't want to be in the directory anymore, their info is already logged and downloaded. It's beyond their control to take back their privacy, that's the scary part.
    And you just hit the nail on the head !!!!!!

    And what is it they say ?? Once its on the net, It's on the net forever .....

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    Good thing my Facebook profile is mostly a lie (use it mostly for the messaging since 95% of my friends seem to want to use FB over other better forms of communication). If those companies truly want to believe that "talking about my emotions" is a true statement of who I am, go ahead.

    I'm not surprised that this has happened. I was warned that school boards were looking up FB profiles of candidates for positions so I can't say that it surprises me that the corporate world is doing the same (assuming this is at least part of their intent).
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    This is an outrage! Oh wait... I don't use Facebook or TwittyPages. Nevermind.

    Honestly though, I feel bad on one level as it would stink to have all of my info on some media outlet's archive. Do something good (open a business) or bad (get a DUI), and your background, resume, known associates, etc... can immediately be associated with the story they publish. Then again, I thought the whole purpose of these sites was to make details of one's life accessible on the notoriously security lax internet? I find it unreasonable to believe that someone who can operate a computer, register at a site and then navigate the site and specifically choose to upload material is completely free from responsibility for whatever outcome results from posting this information. It's optional, you don't have to put all that stuff out there. To me it's like listening to someone complain their car was stolen when they left it running out in front of the gas station.
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    The problem is also you don't know whether it was actually officially the company downloading it or just an employee using their network.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baggss View Post
    I'm failing to see how this is much of a big deal. Maybe it's just that some people are too stupid to not put their whole life on fb.
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    Sorry had to enter it. Im sure at one point FB was selling info.
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