As much as I try not to post technology-related posts on my personal blog, this
one possibly merits so, given it clarifies my thoughts and position on why I
generally don’t post anything at all on Facebook.
If you are in the the IT industry, then you should already know all about Facebook –
much has been said about this high-profile public company. In a nutshell,
they are an entity that makes profit out of people’s personal data. Now, there
isn’t anything inherently wrong about that, because users are the ones who are
willingly giving up this information, and the company so far had not
attempted to use this information in a morally repugnant, or distasteful way by
today’s social standards (although some of you might argue otherwise).
Technology as an enabler is a good thing, but I can’t help feeling using
your personal information in exchange for easy accessibility with friends and
family is like a Faustian pact. Tell me, how many of you know that, by posting
your picture up on Facebook, the company retains perpetual rights to your pictures? Even if you choose to delete your copy of
your picture, Facebook retains the legal rights to use that picture, for any purpose
Facebook is also at the forefront of facial recognition, where its
DeepFace technology boasts the capability of recognising a posted picture of you
with up to 97.53% accuracy.
Put that together and Facebook has the capability to track you directly, and
indirectly, though your friends’ postings, and build a dossier about you – one that knows
about you more than you do. I sure am not sure about the wisdom of allowing
so much information to be tracked about you involuntarily, and definitely a
little too 1984-esque
for my liking.
If there’s one thing as certain as death and taxes in the software industry,
it would be programming bugs. And if one’s information can be hacked from
data breach, it is only a matter of time that will happen to Facebook. Leaking
your private information, can ruin lives.
Why some people would risk sharing sensitive, private information, is ultimately
one’s personal choice, but I am not that totally comfortable that a corporation
has the capabilty to gather in-depth information about me, which I have no rights,
ownership and control over, which is indirectly acquired through the actions of
friends, rather than myself.
Friends, I’d prefer if you’d generally not post pictures with me in it,
or keep the tags out of pictures of me – my sense of paranoia
will thank you for it :)
(Image Credits: SMBC)