Facebook has also revealed that it plans to share your Nearby Friends data with advertisers. It is far from clear if the opt-in feature matters in collecting and sharing this information.
Social media are sometimes lots of fun, but they also leak a lot of information about your life, your relationships, your preferences, and your comings and goings which you may not want in untrusted hands.
People who use these apps seem to be oblivious to the risks. Yet, on a daily basis, we read about people being hounded and abused through social media. There are many cases of such abuse.
Because the smartphone has few, if any, safeguards against hackers. There are no firewalls or security barriers; antivirus and other tools tend not to work on smartphone platforms, and marketing and advertising people in cahoots with telephone carriers are using the platforms as a way to access your information and influence you to buy products, vote for candidates, or convince you to support some opinion or another.
We are at an early stage of exploiting smartphone marketing features. But, if I know where you are, what you had for dinner and at what restaurant, whether you are in your car or on foot, where you work and where you live, I have some really potent information that I can, and certainly will, exploit to the fullest.
Maybe it is just a nuisance when advertisers barge into your life. But it has far greater consequences — a haven for crooks, criminals and psychos.
Recently an iPhone update turned on the Bluetooth feature in all of the latest iPhone models. Why? Because Apple is now in the business of helping store owners’ flash messages to clients in the stores in proximity to a local Bluetooth transmitter. The reason: to push advertising. Say you are looking at a bicycle in a big outlet store. All of the sudden you get a “recommendation” on your smartphone: you will like a certain bike and it is safer than others. Would you pay attention? Most likely, yes, and that is what Apple and the store owners are shooting for.
But at the same time, now your Bluetooth is on all the time, just like the Wi-Fi that is on all the time if you opt in with Facebook. Not only will this suck your battery dry, provide critical information on your location and on your behaviour, but it also leaves your phone wide open to hackers.
The gradual and sometimes voluntary surrender of personal privacy is increasingly dangerous not only for personal security, but in the end, to the preservation of our rights and freedom. This latest Facebook “feature” is a step in the wrong direction.
news.com.au 21 Apr 2014
Another 'feature' for apparent benefit to the customer, but rather a hidden agenda, exposed.
On track with monitoring of the masses in just one more different method, all to be stored by USA's NSA ( National Security Agency).