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I'm sorry  Tags: apps, social networks.
If you're a friend of mine, I probably leaked your first name, phone number, probably last name, and potentially your home address and email address to a company located on the other side of the world. But odds are that you can't complain because you did the same to me over and over again.

Unlike you though, it's not like I didn't take precautions to prevent your data from leaking. I've tried everything practically possible with my knowledge of Android to protect you, but the malware punched right through it.
Why Facebook works  Tags: social networks, privacy, websites, randomthought.
I finally got it! The reason why Facebook still exists and rules over all other social networks.
Many people say Facebook has privacy issues. But it are not issues, not at all. It is their business model and, more importantly, their marketing model. People come to Facebook at first to find out about other people. Or let's call "people" Joe. Through their name Joe finds where the person lives, his/her relationship status, and even recent photos.

Then, Joe want to reply to that photo or event the person went to, perhaps Joe was there too or wanted to go there.
3rd party access to social network accounts  Tags: social networks, security.
Just a short message: It might be good to review 3rd party access to social network accounts every month or two.

I practically never use Twitter, and thought I might have one or maybe even two applications permitted to read stuff. Turns out I had 6, from which 3 had read and write access and another one even direct messages access (not that I know what that is, but it seems even more personal than read and write access).
I revoked some permissions now. Not that I suspected abuse, but
Mind what you post  Tags: social networks, privacy, websites.
I knew companies like Facebook store a lot, but seeing everything makes it look plainly ridiculous.
This article is about someone who used the European right to retrieve all data a company (which has to be operative in Europe though) stores about you. He was sent a CD with the data, and posted the contents on the web - with the really personal stuff blacked out of course. Note that he deleted all contents of his account first, before getting the CD.

I've skimmed through it, and it's just insane.
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