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Is Facebook Evil? Yes!

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Why are we so content to surrender our online privacy to social networking and search sites when Europeans demand--and get--privacy protections?


Facebook, it seems, has a privacy issue. Enfant -CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently instructed the investment banks handling its IPO to shut their faces when it comes to news leaks about the company. Turns out juicy details leaked all over the web can make a corporate person feel compromised. After all, who wants one's past indiscretions out there for all to see?

The issue of online privacy and data aggregation has become a hot topic--finally--in the wake of the Facebook IPO. Max Schrems, 24, the Austrian law student who sued Facebook for its complete record of his personal data was recently astounded to receive 1,222 pages of information. Some of it made sense--old Wall postings and photos--but some of it was material he had never even entered into Facebook. His action spurred more than 40,000 requests for Facebook data in Europe. ...

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Steve Klingaman is a nonprofit development consultant and nonfiction writer living in Minneapolis. His music reviews can be found at
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