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Old Mar 17, 2010, 03:26 PM   #1
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Exclamation MySpace offers user data for sale

I'm certainly glad I don't have a MySpace account.

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MySpace Offers User Data for Sale

In an age where online privacy is not a "social norm," MySpace has begun offering user data for sale, including blog posts, playlists, pictures, application usage, and more.

Facebook might be the top-drawing site for U.S. Internet users at the moment, but let’s not forget that MySpace has hundreds of millions of users around the world and is still a serious destination for online music fans. And now the company is offering aggregate data about those users and their activities for sale on data-wholesaling startup InfoChimps. Although friends lists are not included, the data sets to offer user playlists, application usage, blog posts, mood updates, reviews, photos, and more, including MySpace user data collated by latitude and longitude, ZIP code, and more. According to some reports, InfoChimps will not be alone in offering MySpace data for sale.

The data sets seem to be intended for MySpace application developers looking for ways to test their apps before taking them live to MySpace, as well as for academics, researchers, and music industry analysts looking to get a handle on MySpace’s broad demographics. While most social networking services that accept advertising offer aggregate demographic information to advertisers about their users, MySpace’s move marks the first time a major social networking site has blatant offered user data for sale on the open market.

MySpace is within its rights to offer the aggregate user data for sale: legally, the data and server logs belong to MySpace (and it’s parent company, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp), and MySpace users waive their rights to that data in exchange for MySpace’s services.
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Old Mar 17, 2010, 04:26 PM   #2
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Man, that guy will do anything to get a few bucks. What a worm.
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Old Mar 17, 2010, 04:41 PM   #3
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I wonder if deleting my old myspace account would do anything at this point to prevent my data from being sold.
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Old Mar 17, 2010, 04:45 PM   #4
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This belongs in P&R me thinks since Rupert Murd*ck is involved.
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Old Mar 17, 2010, 04:46 PM   #5
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just deleted mines, I haven't used it in ages anyways.
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Old Mar 18, 2010, 02:14 AM   #6
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Haven't even logged in since... a year ago and some change. Canceled the account, thanks for the info guys, don't know why I didn't do it a year ago.
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Old Mar 18, 2010, 02:33 AM   #7
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Old Mar 18, 2010, 03:45 AM   #8
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The data is not personally identifiable. Facebook already does this. Google already does this.
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Old Mar 18, 2010, 04:39 AM   #9
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That is why I don't have myspace/facecrap accounts...
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Old Mar 18, 2010, 06:59 AM   #13
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I wonder if deleting my old myspace account would do anything at this point to prevent my data from being sold.
I second that! I would like to delete my account now, ive not used it for over a year. But i bet they dont delete inactive accounts!
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Old Mar 18, 2010, 07:55 AM   #15
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Old Mar 19, 2010, 03:41 AM   #16
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Old Mar 19, 2010, 07:01 AM   #17
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Man, this is awesome. Now razor blade companies can do direct marketing! This opens up so many new avenues to explore!

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I wonder if deleting my old myspace account would do anything at this point to prevent my data from being sold.
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The data is not personally identifiable. Facebook already does this. Google already does this.
I'm pretty sure photos are personally identifiable.
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