Not worried about data transfer between facebook and third parties? Well maybe you should be.
When you click on a facebook app, have you not noticed it requires access to your personal information? Is this necessary to play a time-wasting game? Why does it need this information?
Log in to many sites and it gives you an option of facebook login rather than typing in your ID and password.
Sounds easy, one click too easy.
What data transfer takes place? Even if none, and that is doubtful, do you reallly want facebook to know all your affairs?
Privacy to facebook is an alien concept. Your personal data is a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder.
Always log in with your ID and password, do not be tempted by the one click option.
I clicked on spotify, it came up in a search, I was actually trying to find an article in The Guardian that was referred to in an excellent podcast on spotify and why it is best avoided.
I have no wish to use spotify, no wish to join.
It came up with an on-line registration form already completed that included:
- name (incl number of friends on facebook)
- e-mail address
- date of birth
- list of facebook friends who use spotify
All neatly completed with a single click to facebook to save me the time and trouble of filling out their registration form.
But I had never asked to register, I had simply clicked on spotify. Some of the information I had deleted from facebook, and yet it was still there to be transferred to a third party.
When you are logged into facebook, it logs everything you are doing. When you log out of facebook it continues to log what you are doing via software it installs on your computer!
I have no interest being on or using spotify. Why use spotify when there is a far far better alternative, where money is gong direct to the musicians, not to global corporations, even when the artists are not on their labels?
I will make that last point more explicit, as it is important that it is understood: In the highly unlikely event that were I to download and pay for music from spotify where the artist is on an independent label or not even on a label, the major labels get a cut, even though they have not signed the artist!
Steve Lawson is on bandcamp (he was on spotify). I can listen to either of his albums 11 Reasons Why 3 Is Greater Than Everything or Believe In Peace for free, I can share these albums with my friends, I can download for free, should I choose to pay for a download (and I set the price not Steve), bandcamp gets a cut of 15%.
The Sixteen have their own independent record label Coro. The Sixteen are on spotify but as yet not on bandcamp. Should I choose to download and pay for The Earth Resounds, the music of their Choral Pilgrimage 2012 which started last week with its premier performance in Winchester Cathedral, the major record labels take a cut, even though The Sixteen are not on a major label, have their own independent label Coro.
Why use spotify when there is bandcamp? With bandcamp at least you know the money is going to the pocket of an artist, not to a faceless coroportation.
The business model for spotify is to generate business for spotify. The business for spotify is to generate business for spotify.
Bandcamp lets you share the music you like, makes it easy to download, easy to buy. If you buy, the artist gets paid and bandcamp gets a cut.
The business model for bandcamp is to generate revenue for their artists, as it is only through generating revenue for the artists that bandcamp gets paid. Thus the interest of the artist and bandcamp coincide.
The spotify model is generate contacts off the back of the artists, which benefits spotify, not the artist.
Call this the facebook business model. The more friends you collect, the more links you make, the greater the data pool for facebook to mine.
There are four major threats to internet:
- government – censorship of what you may see, spying on what you do
- facebook – enter our walled garden and enjoy the delights within, sell your soul at the gate to gain access
- apple – enter our walled garden and enjoy the delights within, sell your soul at the gate to gain access
- corporate control of music – criminalisation of those who love and wish to share music
The UK is trying to bring in legislation to enable spying on what every citizen does on the net, every web page viewed, every phone conversation, every sms text message, every e-mail of every citizen.
The music industry tried and failed to control the internet with Sopa, they are now trying again with Acta.
I checked out hotels on TripAdvisor. The same hotels popped up on hotmail and twitpic.
I used google to translate Japanese. Adverts in Japanese popped up on twitpic.
There is no such thing as a free lunch. If it appears free, then you are the product on sale.
Facebook paid $1 billion for an application that turns good pictures into grotty pictures, an application that any competent software designer could knock out in a couple of weeks. Facebook paid $1 billion for the users. $1 billion is a crude measure of what your personal data is worth to facebook. One billion reasons why users of the application are deleting their accounts.
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Bandcamp is not free. It is free to listen to the music in the same way it is free to browse in a shop, you do not pay an entry fee at the door, do not have to fill out a registration form, show an ID. When you buy music through bandcamp, 15% of what you pay goes to bandcamp.
Top Story in Privacy Daily (Monday 16 April 2012).