Stop Invading My Privacy !!!!!!

Ever thought what would happen if a website would neglect privacy??? Privacy is what people are worried about more than anything else, and when Privacy is out of its way the world goes upside down. Even the big bosses of the web have been victims of the privacy mishaps.

Facebook launched a new advertisement system called Facebook Beacon on November 6,2007. Facebook Beacon started off with a partnership with a network of 44 websites like Sony Pictures, eBay, Zappos.com, Overstock.com and many more. Your click on any website in could flash up on your friends News Feed. Beacon was not clear to it's users about the privacy policies and Facebook had to pay a huge price for it. If you had bought an article on eBay, Facebook would ask your permission for publishing it. Irrespective of your answer Facebook Beacon would publish the news. If you were logged out of Facebook, Beacon would find your profile on Facebook with the email provided and publish things which were not supposed to. There were several cases filed against Beacon for which Facebook paid a hugesettlement fee of $9.5 million. It also paid amounts like $15,000 and $7,500 to individuals who had filed a case against Facebook.

Google Buzz was no less. Buzz in the beginning of its launch had a huge drawback and people around the world wondered why Google was blind in not observing the mistake. Any person who was a part of
Buzz could open a stranger's Buzz profile and get to know whom the stranger is following and whom the stranger has contacted through mails and chats. The court will decide about the settlement amount early next year.

Money paid for their Privacy handling mistakes would go to non-profit foundations that will promote online privacy and security. Hope you know now why everybody from Google to Facebook is so vocal about their privacy policies. Though signing up on Facebook and Google is free, it takes a lot for them to maintain privacy.


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