9th Oct 2014
Facebook selling your data to banks

A two-year agreement between credit card company, Mastercard and the social network, Facebook has enabled Mastercard to start mining Facebook users’ activity data to sell the consumer behaviour insights on to banks.

Not only is the company mining Facebook users’ profile information, but their conversations on the social network and engagement with ad campaigns are being targeted as well. All this data is then processed and stored in Mastercard’s new marketing technology called ‘Priceless Engine’.

"Priceless Engine [is] an innovative new platform for marketing that allows the brand to provide its bank partners with the deep insights that help them deliver the right offers to their customers at the right time," said Mastercard in a statement.

"We applaud what Mastercard is doing with their 'Priceless Engine' but, to clarify, we are not providing them, or any other company, personal data of Facebook users.  We are working with them to create targeting clusters using Custom Audiences — a tool that matches anonymised data from Facebook with their own anonymised data for optimising ad delivery on Facebook to their users," said a Facebook Australia spokeswoman.

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Opinion: Social network sell out

Social media giant, Facebook turned 10 this year, and has changed a lot since its humble beginning as thefacebook, created in Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room at Harvard. Since then, the website has gone from strength to strength growing with popularity around the world. In 2012, Facebook held a public offering of shares before listing on the stock exchange, moving into the Fortune 500 list with a company value of more than $100 billion.

Facebook is a story of successful growth from one simple idea, but somewhere along the way it became less about connecting people and more about making money. Over the past five years I have seen the privacy of users diminish, and the Timeline increasingly filled with more advertisements than a commercial break on television.

Facebook, as a company, has every right to seek revenue from every source possible, but mining the behavioural data of user’s conversations and selling it onto the banks is a step too far for my liking. Let’s hope they reconsider their position in two years’ time when the agreement is up for renewal, or that a genuine competitor, who respects the rights of the user, enters the market.

What do you think? Should Facebook have the right to sell customer behaviour data that they capture from their network? Have you deactivated your Facebook account recently due to privacy concerns? If there was a genuine competitor, who respected your privacy, would you switch from Facebook?





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    Emps
    9th Oct 2014
    11:49am
    The internet, largely comprising the major search engines, and social media are totally commercialised. There is however, ello dot com, a new rival to Facebook, who promise a service with no intrusions of a commercial nature.
    antifacebook
    9th Oct 2014
    1:41pm
    Would you trust any internet company to honour their promise to keep you privacy.?
    They are just like Governments,make promises to suck you in and then change their promise after the public is suckered in..Money is the largest motivator in the world to not honour promises,as does Governments prior to elections,but corruption and re election soon changes their promises to "we really meant'.
    Gra
    9th Oct 2014
    2:09pm
    Really Emps? Don't worry, they won't be providing a service for the love of it. Just wait until they have enough suckers joined up and then they will be doing the same thing, selling your info, plaguing you with pop up ads etc.
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    3:35pm
    Does anybody really believe that ANY commercial company is in business for anything other than money.
    Western nations are being routinely betrayed by their governments who are happy to sell out their rights to privacy so that they can satisfy the needs of the businesses which elect (and own) them. Is it any wonder why I consider most if not all politicians to be prostitutes: paid to do the bidding of their backers, not the public.
    Anonymous
    17th Oct 2014
    9:41pm
    Mick

    Agree totally! Unbelievable that anyone would think that "ANY commercial company is in business for anything other than money".

    Silly Solomon…. thinks that because USA mega CORPORATIONS bring in more than Australia's GDP, that it is somehow good for American people who live in poverty, get paid peanuts for 40+ hours work or have to live off 'tips', have no Public education or health services worth having, etc, etc… It only benefits the leash holders of those Mega Corporation AND for Australia, it is certainly of NO BENEFIT to Australia or Australians…. these FOREIGN mega corporations simply extract and put nothing back… all profits leave Australian shores. They are insipid parasites.
    Hawkeye
    9th Oct 2014
    12:03pm
    Why would anyone put their private thoughts or details on facebook for all the world to see in the first place?
    Once it's on the web, it belongs to the world. Any security or privacy features are only temporary (until they are broken) so, effectively there is no security or privacy.
    So, if you don't want the world to know, don't put it on facebook, or or anywhere else on the web.
    antifacebook
    9th Oct 2014
    1:43pm
    Well said,and a WARNING to the world of the future of the uncontrolled internet.
    Gra
    9th Oct 2014
    2:11pm
    True, but usually all they would be providing would be your name and contact details. Any unwanted phone calls or emails from Mastercard are just given the flick as any other cold caller is.
    particolor
    9th Oct 2014
    2:13pm
    Exactlt Hawkeye !! I would warn Anyone off Funnyface Years ago !!..
    And your comment has been Noted by FaceAche !!
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    3:43pm
    I agree. I refuse to put my photo on any public website. On a couple (like Skype) I use my wife's photo albeit disguised. I can hardly wait for the responses.
    Anonymous
    9th Oct 2014
    6:08pm
    mick - the whole world thanks you for that magnanimous gesture.
    particolor
    9th Oct 2014
    6:35pm
    Especially when She finds out they are Dating Sites !!..
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    10:17pm
    Glad you guys liked it. It does raise a few smiles and causes (intentional) confusion.
    ourjeffie
    9th Oct 2014
    12:28pm
    Mastercard won't be mining my Facebook activity data. How do I know this? Because I don't have any activity data on Facebook!
    antifacebook
    9th Oct 2014
    1:31pm
    If you have used FACEBOOK at any time,your information will never be deleted, but sold unless all world Governments and FACEBOOK users take action.
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    3:46pm
    I purposely provide fake information....that'll fool 'em Tangles!! But I have problems doing this because I cannot remember the fake DOB in some cases. Facebook is a point in question and I am locked out of Facebook whenever I go overseas. But who cares as I do not use Facebook very often anyway.
    Lescol
    9th Oct 2014
    12:46pm
    Facebook now has owners who demand to see that it's worth it's IPO. Sadly mastercard will not receive my recent data. I find Facebook intrusive and nine years ago opted out.
    antifacebook
    9th Oct 2014
    1:29pm
    Sorry to disappoint, but your information remains FACEBOOK property for eternity,for any use and price they can get for it.
    particolor
    9th Oct 2014
    2:16pm
    NOT ANOTHER EXTORTION DEMAND ?? I wonder who they learned that off ??
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    3:47pm
    You're correct there as how else could they get access to your contacts information (your email contacts) unless they helped themselves?
    doggone
    9th Oct 2014
    12:57pm
    move over george orwell your 1984 is chickenfeed to the world today with facebook mining you, asio mining you, etc etc.
    antifacebook
    9th Oct 2014
    1:25pm
    Well put,but the last 2 generations are not able to read,so it is going to be an uphill battle to change and ban FACEBOOK.
    antifacebook
    9th Oct 2014
    1:22pm
    This is my 4th attempt to make a negative comment regarding FACEBOOK,and have been logged out each time before being able to finish.
    It is time that all Governments of the world banned,charged FACEBOOK and fined them $5 billion + from each countryfrom the internet for privacy violastions,as China is able to do on their Kcitizens.The Australian Gov't is so weak and gutless that it is going to be a long time for it to happen here.
    I was hesitant to open a FACEBOOK account as my mind was saying no,but a friend convinced me to do so.Ever since I have been trying to delete my private information and close the site without success.Our information is stored for millenium and will never be removed until Gov'ts act on behalf of the public.This is a major issue for the entire world using private data with no laws to stop them.It is also time that FACEBOOK users reacted by campaigning to their gov'ts to take action,and also stop using FACEBOOK completely.
    As an American CORPORATION,they have more legal rights than a person,and large amounts of cash to bribe and fight any legal attempt to close them down.
    FACEBOOK has become like the banks,too large to fail,and used by politicians to create false information,and keep the 'scare tactics' used by George Bush and John Howard during the Iraq war,and still are doing so.
    PLEASE ALL FACEBOOK USERS UNITE TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS CORROSIVE,CORRUPT CORPORATION TO REGAIN OUR PRIVACY. As one comment has said,welcome to George Orwell's 1984.
    particolor
    9th Oct 2014
    2:45pm
    We will Fight the Beeches on the Net !!
    We will Fight the Beeches in the Field !!
    And We will Never Surrender !!
    particolor
    9th Oct 2014
    2:46pm
    PS... I Give In !!
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    3:49pm
    It is hard to leave a negative comment for some sites. Perhaps somebody has a link where Facebook can be rightly castigated.
    KSS
    9th Oct 2014
    7:51pm
    Why are you blaming the government antifacebook? I assume you are an adult, I assume you read the small print when you signed up voluntarily to facebook. No one forces you to join or upload content to it. If you have done so then it is your responsibility, For years we have been warned about not giving out personal information and then people upload all kinds of personal stuff (information, location, photographs etc) and then cry when it goes public. If you don't want it in the public domain don't put it on the net no matter what the organisation. Facebook is a private company you chose to deal with. This is NOT a matter for the government,You put it out there; its not for the government to regulate your actions.
    antifacebook
    9th Oct 2014
    8:29pm
    KSS what a misinformed fool you would be to believe that the Government has no responsibility to protect the private information of Australian internet users.Who else has the powers to stop sites like FACEBOOK, AN INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION,with no rules to abide by due to a lack of government regulations to monitor and protect individuals,even apologists like you. That's why Governments are elected,to protect the interests of the individual from powerful local and International Corporations. including government and politicians who use FACEBOOK to promote their lies and hate,and have your personal details open to hackers. I assume you are older than 12,and have a resemblance of intelligence,but don't realise that when you shop at Coles and Woolworths your private information is being collected for sales and customer profiling. Would you expect that the Government take action to protect your privacy.
    KSS
    9th Oct 2014
    9:36pm
    antifacebook NO the government is not responsible for what YOU do.You choose to to have a reward card at Coles or Woolworths or anywhere else for that matter. You choose to pay with a credit card, you choose to shop on the internet or contribute to blogs or indeed join facebook or other social media and divulge information about yourself. Insulting me does not change the fact that protecting your personal information is your responsibility first and foremost. If you put it out there you you wear the risk. Governments are elected for many reasons but nannying you is not one of them.
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    10:21pm
    KSS: I think that the issue is that when one signs up one is not told that the company is going to on sell your personal information let alone your browsing habits. I personally have nothing much to hide but maybe some people do.
    As always disclosure is not forthcoming and/or some CEO down the track thinks it is a good idea to make a few bucks by doing what is reprehensible.
    Reeper
    9th Oct 2014
    1:24pm
    Anyone who has ever thought commercial social media are kind hearted, discreet and user oriented is from off-planet. I use FB but do it carefully providing minimal information, some of which is slightly off true. I urge anyone who is unsure of the problems with social media and not completely technology savvy to get some help and reduce the ability of giant commercials to 'mine' information.
    particolor
    9th Oct 2014
    2:25pm
    I recon anyone who signed up for FaceBOOk in the first place Needs Help !!

    9th Oct 2014
    1:41pm
    Hey this is one thing the lefties and pensioners can't blame Abbot and hockey for.
    antifacebook
    9th Oct 2014
    1:51pm
    You are in for a big shock ROBO. ABBOTT and COSTELLO oops HOCKEY (I was thinking of 2 other comedians) are going to make mince meat of you and other Liberal believers. The worst is still to come..
    (8TH DWARF) ABBOTT AND (CIGAR JOE) HOCKEY are in Government,so why don't they take action to stop this blatant illegal pricacy theft.?
    Anonymous
    9th Oct 2014
    2:54pm
    antiface book isn't facebook an American thing what can we do here it is not up to the Government it is called democracy
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    3:51pm
    Correct. But Abbott does want to read your emails ROBO and is working to achieve that end. Just like Hockey's dead in the water budget these gorillas will not give up.
    See this government for what its history, its lies and its intention ROBO and 'the truth will set you free'. Cheers.
    Anonymous
    9th Oct 2014
    4:28pm
    Me thinks you are a pensioner Mick and relying on this very government to supply you with your weekly goodies All the best.
    antifacebook
    9th Oct 2014
    8:51pm
    ROBO you are as misinformed and complacent as KSS.If mick does receive a pension,it's not this very government supplying his weekly goodies,it's taxpayers like mick who have worked and paid tax for most of their life to sustain them in old age.I hope you don't have your hand out to taxpayers for a pension,as I would call you a hypocrite .
    antifacebook
    9th Oct 2014
    8:57pm
    I forgot to mention ROBO T, democracy left Australia's shores many years ago,and because FACEBOOK is an American thing,only an Australian government has the power to close it down.Fools never die,they just end up like you.
    KSS
    9th Oct 2014
    10:01pm
    No antifacebook not complacent, just more circumspect than you with my information.
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    10:24pm
    ROBO: sorry to disappoint you mate. I am self funded and some years make less than the pension. I am not a leaner!!
    antifacebook
    10th Oct 2014
    12:13am
    Perhaps you receive a taxpayer subsidised health card for medications ROBO.?
    traveller
    9th Oct 2014
    1:59pm
    I don't put any of my personal information or acticities on Facebook.I think facebook needs to tell users what and who they are selling information to, so users can make choices about what they put on the facebook page
    Tim@toc
    9th Oct 2014
    2:07pm
    Who cares? Stay away from the fire and you won't get burnt.
    particolor
    9th Oct 2014
    2:21pm
    EXACTLY !!
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    3:52pm
    No crackers? What is the world coming to.
    Hasbeen
    9th Oct 2014
    2:53pm
    I was interested in following the performance of a friend who was competing in the classic car section of Rally Australia.

    Unfortunately he posted his daily results, in car videos & comments on face book to make it easy, he thought, for a range of people to follow. Unfortunately I found you had to join Facebook, & log on to be able to access his page.

    It turned out quite a lot of his friends were not prepared to do this, so could not follow his success.

    Next year he plans to post the information on a car club site, which doesn't have all this tracking going on, & which you only have to join if you wish to post. Any member of the public can read the posts on the website without submitting any personal information.
    Emps
    9th Oct 2014
    3:04pm
    It is not generally the websites themselves that track the visitor, its the cookies placed in your browser by websites and the search engines ie; Google, Yahoo, etc. They know everything about your online activities, a lot more than Facebook.
    particolor
    9th Oct 2014
    4:22pm
    Emps.. True True !! And I've seen Evidence of it !!
    KSS
    9th Oct 2014
    7:56pm
    Oh Hasbeen, we've been down this road before. ALL websites track. ALL search engines track. You cannot access the internet in any way without leaving a trail. Regardless of where your friend puts his information, if you want to access it, someone somewhere will know. Welcome to the 21st century and technology.
    Emps
    9th Oct 2014
    2:58pm
    I have been on facebook since its arrival on the web. Discovered old friends long last seen and heard of, member of groups formed by people from my earliest years, schoolmates, workmates, etc. For expats of another country like myself its great for keeping in touch on the fly. All the negatives regarding privacy are largely over blown. facebook is a business, so expect some commercial intrusion using your profile to target relevant ads.
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    3:54pm
    Privacy and rights are a bit like the lobster in the pot Emps, slowly being cooked. Because changes are GRADUAL we do not feel the temperature rising and the changes are always dressed up and sold as a necessity or as being a wonderful thing. Beware the Ides of March mate as before you know it you'll be waking up in chains.
    Emps
    9th Oct 2014
    4:30pm
    Oh no! not the chains. Ribbons and handcuffs would be better.
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    10:25pm
    The point is be careful what you wish for as you might not like the reality when it arrives.
    Rosscoe
    9th Oct 2014
    4:34pm
    Don't trust the Internet! Too many crooks out there!

    9th Oct 2014
    5:15pm
    Drew isn't it a case of the pot calling the kettle black are you saying that YLC does not sell an e mail mailing list or has not purchased one ,that was targeted to the over 50s .And surely imbedding products into the news is not exactly best practise.


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    9th Oct 2014
    6:11pm
    Get over it.
    It's only data
    So what if companies access info about you.
    Jeez - people get hung up about the most idiotic things
    antifacebook
    9th Oct 2014
    8:06pm
    Soloman,what an appropriate name you carry. Next time you get call centre pests,fraudsters,overseas rip off merchants in Nigeria and Ghana,pop ups and phishing on your internet,your bank account used to buy internet porn or sales,(the list is endless),remember your words and maybe you will take your head out of the sand box.
    Anonymous
    9th Oct 2014
    8:28pm
    Well - only if you are stupid and GREEDY enough to fall for that stuff.

    Did you fall for one of those schemes ? Serves you right for trying make a quick million or 2 from one of those "money laundering" assistance schemes, which by the way, are itself illegal
    antifacebook
    9th Oct 2014
    8:39pm
    You false assumptions are incorrect,as is your complacent attitude to protection of the public from such schemes.Complacency breeds contempt,and you are in for a rude awakening in due course.
    You seem to be oblivious to the number of 'GREEDY' elderly Australians who due to age and lack of information,fall into the internet traps. Let's hope that misinformed idiots like you shall one day rue your words.
    Anonymous
    9th Oct 2014
    9:00pm
    No need to get rude

    The examples you gave of phishing prey on the GREEDY who are enticed by get rich quick fraudsters.

    fancy falling for a trick like send me money and your bank account and I'll share my ill gotten gains with you.

    By the way -its not just the greedy elderly who fall for it. The Greedy young too, and well to do Business men

    Dumbass!!!
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    10:31pm
    Solomon: some of your posts defy logic mate. Not all who are scammed are "greedy". If you followed the CBA frauds in the media recently or better still watched interviews on the ensuing Four Corners program you will have noticed that quite a few of these "greedy" folk were elderly people wanting to put their money into investments which gave a reasonable rate of return SO THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE FALL BACK ON THE PENSION. I recall one couple stating that they specified that they were conservative and wanted only low risk investments, which is not what they got.
    So maybe think before you post to save making a goose of yourself again. Cheers.
    Anonymous
    9th Oct 2014
    10:36pm
    The point is that if you willing give your details out you are open for them to be used on Facebook or YLC .
    We are all open to influences .As can be seen above YLC will imbed in the News product promotion for a price.,
    Anonymous
    9th Oct 2014
    11:00pm
    I really don't see Drew's point on this occasion what is Facebook doing that is different to YLC . They are offering not individual information . But groups to advertise to . As does YLC .
    Anonymous
    9th Oct 2014
    11:13pm
    mick - youre a schmuck?
    do you post your bank account details on facebook?

    do you give out your bank account details to a salesman who knocks on your door touting investment options. Whats the difference ???

    Stupid is as stupid does.
    MICK
    9th Oct 2014
    11:28pm
    Solomon: I already comprehend your lack of grey matter and inability to conduct a proper debate based on the facts from many of your previous posts. Your current tirade is much the same: abusive with no meat.
    What I was referring to in my post above was your (untrue) stupid comment about "greedy" people getting their just desert. And you then go on about bank accounts??? You have truly lost the plot and need the dementia staff to come and collect you mate.
    Anonymous
    9th Oct 2014
    11:32pm
    schmuck
    (1) That portion of one's penis which is cut off during circumcision,a Yiddish term (an accent of the german language used by jewish people)

    Guess in Australia we would call that a Dick head...
    antifacebook
    10th Oct 2014
    12:33am
    Sounds like you may be linked to the Jewish community Pete.I would has it a guess that you never needed a schmuck removal,as you never had one in the first place,except the one around your neck. If so your rabbi should have removed it, as it's blocking blood to your head were the brain should be. Did you get your information from the Quran.?
    Anonymous
    10th Oct 2014
    1:25am
    No Mossad
    Brissiegirl
    10th Oct 2014
    12:33pm
    You have to question the intelligence of adults who post pictures of their children and/or grandchildren on Facebook. I've heard of middle age people who are on it all day, telling the world their every thought and every move.
    THE FORGOTTEN
    10th Oct 2014
    2:18pm
    Solo man, you have proven my theory that you are a Jewish hypocrite.You open a comment complaining 'no need to get rude' and finish by using Jewish American rude slang against me 'DUMBASS',.You go on to call another commentator a 'SCHMUCK'. You must be desperate to get back to the stolen country Palestine to murder more children,or get Mossad to put a bounty on my head,as Jews have been doing since WW2.Murdering people in foreign States (oops made a mistake in Sweden),stealing foreign passports, Ie. Australia, and action like the world owes you all a favour because of your relentless pursuit of any criticism, Ie. 2 Australians,one who spilled the beans on the Jewish Nuclear weapons program,and the other murdered in your prison. If you didn't have the backing of the Jewish controlled USA government,who supply you free weapons to murder Palestinians,the world would be a better place.
    Anonymous
    10th Oct 2014
    3:48pm
    Forgotten - what this, a Jew hater and a Zionist conspitacy theorist.
    Been reading too much spy v spy I rekon.
    If you, mich and antifacebook havent got the brains to think logically, I cant help you there.
    The Chosen People cant carry ALL the sins of the world you know, especially those of not very bright schmucks like you three

    ANd you believe all the rubbisg that HAMAS the terrorists put out about Israel as well? tut tut. Suppose you support ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood, coz Hamas surelydoes.

    And as for anyone dying in prison, as your dear PM said, sh%t happens. Its war, and traitors and mercenaries pay the price fo their greed
    Anonymous
    10th Oct 2014
    3:56pm
    It's all a Jewish plot to enslave the workers...
    Anonymous
    10th Oct 2014
    4:15pm
    The Jewish hand behind Internet

    Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, Yahoo!, MySpace, eBay...

    http://radioislam.org/islam/english/jewishp/internet/jews_behind_internet.htm
    Anonymous
    10th Oct 2014
    6:43pm
    All those Jewish mass murders Hitler Stalin Mao Tse Tung Pol Pot Sudam Hussein Etc
    THE FORGOTTEN
    11th Oct 2014
    7:58pm
    OH SOLOMAN The poor Jews being cooked in ovens,how terrible, and you and your Jewish brothers continue to bitch about it over 70 years after the event.As you so rightly put, ' shit happens', so get over it.. Who was that masked 3rd man you speak of.? Oh bugger me.it was me..
    To correct your incorrect assumption that I follow all that Muslim shit you went on about,no I don't,as the bastards are destroying my country.
    As for mass murderers PETE,look no further than the current Jewish peril and current dictator of Palestine Netingyahooo. How many innocent children and foreign investigators has he murdered, with the aid of the good old US of A,in the time since his overthrow of the previous, more civilised thinking leadership. He is as evil as the Jewish Pirate.
    Just as a question.why does that radical faction of Jewish hypocrites wear those pathetic baby hats.?
    THE FORGOTTEN
    11th Oct 2014
    8:02pm
    SOLOMAN I forgot to ask,as you murdered an Australian, does that mean that you and your Jewish brothers are at WAR with Australia.
    Anonymous
    11th Oct 2014
    8:08pm
    Killing of criminals is not an offence last time I checked.
    Stop bleating nonsense.
    Your Ozzie mate was a merceneering prostitute. He'd have probably sold out Oz to the highest bidder.
    Time for a relitycheck Alzheimers aka Forgotten
    Anonymous
    11th Oct 2014
    11:05pm
    Solly do you recognise Mussitates garbage
    Anonymous
    12th Oct 2014
    12:53am
    Has MUSSITATE FORGOTTEN he has ALZHEIMERS?
    Anonymous
    17th Oct 2014
    8:34pm
    Oi…. you two morons… how the hell did I get into this conversation!

    Just thought I would read this time and you two complete clowns start insulting and carrying on like pork chops and then bring me in on your stupidity.

    Solomon you are an American living in America, take your mate Pete and MYOB…. this is Australia NOT the USA. You both seem to have wandered in by design and decided that being an abusive TROLL on this site was a good thing.

    Anyway, YOU brought me in on this so I may as well have my say:

    I don't have a problem with jews per se, nor muslims, nor any other faith or nationality BUT I do have a problem with DESPICABLE POWER-MONGER BULLIES who MURDER innocent people and that is what the USA, Israel and Saudi Arabia are currently engaged in doing throughout the middle east (and Ukraine).

    They are MURDERING and TERRORISING whole nations of INNOCENTS, in order that they can control those region and take advantage of resources, strategic positioning and other aspects of POWER, that they seek.

    There is NOTHING heroic, brave or honourable in MURDERING babies, children, women and men who are mere civilians and wreaking DEATH and DESTRUCTION….for GAIN.

    MOST of the MUSLIMS in the middle east are law abiding, gentle folk, just like most Christians and other religious people around the world which includes most nationalities around the world.

    These NUTTER groups (along with PAID MERCENARIES) were CREATED, FUNDED and USED by USA/Israel/Saudi Arabia, to rain down TERROR and TERRORISM in the areas they wish to control.

    Hence, the recent assaults on these middle eastern nations have absolutely nothing to do with religion or nationalities…. and the only TERRORISTS are the USA/Israel/Saudi Arabia… who are murdering, rampaging and destroying other nations and their people, in order to take what they want.
    Anonymous
    17th Oct 2014
    8:43pm
    BACK TO TOPIC

    Solomon ….. you would obviously think it was alright for your USA mega corporations to do whatever they want in Australia and to access whatever information Australia can provide…. DUH!

    So, if you haven't an Australia perspective then back off because you are simply force feeding Australians with your corrupt and poverty stricken country's bullying and overriding Australia's and other countries "democracy and freedoms".

    Sadly, you are not alone…. our own PM is prepared to hand Australia over on a platter, just so he can muck about with what he perceives to be 'the big boys'… he is so stupid, he doesn't even see how they are treating him like a nice puppy dog because they want Australia's goodies.

    You, Solomon and your mate Pete, should shake Abbott's hand… so very much alike.. inane and clocked your brains at the door.
    Pass the Ductape
    10th Oct 2014
    4:17pm
    So why should I have to answer a survey to read the rest of the article? The survey is simply a phishing expedition and if your Life choices is involved in its implementation, they should be ashamed!
    etnorb
    10th Oct 2014
    4:59pm
    Where does all this "stuff" stop? A vast majority of people around the world would have joined Face Book to keep in touch with friends & relatives etc, & to post photos & opinions etc. At no stage did any of us envisage that FB would try & "pass on" our private details to any third party. I realise that the web is a very "open source" for all sorts of information, but, surely, it should be up to each individual as to whether they want their private details etc passed to any other party? I think Face Book should be notifying all FB users as to any of this, & ensuring they only "offer" any persons details etc, to any third parties, if the individual concerned wishes them to.
    Anonymous
    10th Oct 2014
    5:40pm
    They are do no different than YLC does it is not personal data but grouping of people for advertisers . In YLC case the over 50s
    Radish
    10th Oct 2014
    5:47pm
    Facebook holds no appeal tome whatsover. Why tell everyone your business!
    Anonymous
    10th Oct 2014
    6:12pm
    A lot of people find it a good way to keep in touch with their family and friends with constant updates and swopped photos and video .as it is Normaly a large group including friends of friends it tightens family bonds .
    Anonymous
    10th Oct 2014
    6:14pm
    If you didn't have advertisers you wouldn't have the service same as YLC .you give up personal info to join YLC.,,
    Anonymous
    10th Oct 2014
    9:40pm
    Radish being a socialist you believe everything is free ..Maybe this site should not have advertising and be like the ABC paid for by the taxpayers..
    Anonymous
    17th Oct 2014
    9:06pm
    Pete
    Take a hike…. Radish wouldn't even know what a socialist is if he tripped over one, he is too far your way BUT not a fascist. You have OVER TROLLED this time. Showing your innate inanity.

    Your support for FOREIGN extraction of OUR personal information, tells us clearly that you and Solomon are both of the same nationality.

    etnorb
    I do believe that FB actually OWNS ALL material placed on it site?

    They comply with some privacy requirements in different countries but are not unduly worried about then….FB is a humongous mega corporation, too big to take on in the courtroom.

    FBI & NSA have also made FB a perfect Mass Surveillance tool… HERE IS A LINK… JUST COPY AND PASTE

    http://venturebeat.com/2014/05/15/how-the-nsa-fbi-made-facebook-the-perfect-mass-surveillance-tool/
    KKKKatie
    11th Oct 2014
    5:55pm
    Personally, I LOVE Facebook. It keeps me in touch with relatives and friends overseas and at home. It's great fun and not being a creative person I find it a creative outlet. I never, well rarely, read advertisements so that's not a way I can be got at. I am quite satisfied with my bank so I don't know what good it would do to give my details to a bank. It's not a place for 'private' information. I don't use MasterCard, nor do I intend doing so.
    KKKKatie
    11th Oct 2014
    6:04pm
    Facebook entries can be made private to friends only. Would the villains of the piece be able to over-ride this? I don't bother.
    Anonymous
    11th Oct 2014
    7:02pm
    I feel the same as you KKKKatie. You don't have to give personal details to anyone on line. The responsibility is yours and yours alone.
    Anonymous
    11th Oct 2014
    7:05pm
    It is entirely personal choice and we should not be dictated to by those who don't like it .,,,
    THE FORGOTTEN
    11th Oct 2014
    7:24pm
    KKKKATIE. Have you ever heard of profiling and identity theft.? If not I would find out, and close your FACEBOOK.
    THE FORGOTTEN
    11th Oct 2014
    7:26pm
    OH PETE.. You poor fool.
    Anonymous
    11th Oct 2014
    7:55pm
    Forgotten what do you mean you don't think we should have personal choice? You choose to give your details on here.
    Anonymous
    11th Oct 2014
    8:05pm
    I would change you name from FORGOTTEN to ALZHEIMERS
    Your brain has turned putrid from your anti semitic rantings
    THE FORGOTTEN
    12th Oct 2014
    3:27pm
    PETE you are a waste of space and time.
    SOLOMAN,you do not want to admit the truth,and what are those foolish factional Jewish baby hats.?
    THE FORGOTTEN
    12th Oct 2014
    3:27pm
    PETE you are a waste of space and time.
    SOLOMAN,you do not want to admit the truth,and what are those foolish factional Jewish baby hats.?
    THE FORGOTTEN
    12th Oct 2014
    3:27pm
    PETE you are a waste of space and time.
    SOLOMAN,you do not want to admit the truth,and what are those foolish factional Jewish baby hats.?
    THE FORGOTTEN
    12th Oct 2014
    3:27pm
    PETE you are a waste of space and time.
    SOLOMAN,you do not want to admit the truth,and what are those foolish factional Jewish baby hats.?
    Anonymous
    12th Oct 2014
    3:46pm
    Why are you stuttering Mussi
    Anonymous
    12th Oct 2014
    4:38pm
    The name of the small cap male Jews wear is called a Kipa (dome or covering) or Yarmulke. This head covering was meant to signify recognition that God is present above oneself. It was traditionally worn only during prayer or during religious rituals. Eventually, Jews started wearing the kipa all day long, both as a sign of piety and to distinguish themselves from non-Jews.
    KKKKatie
    13th Oct 2014
    8:00pm
    THE FORGOTTEN - Indeed I have heard of identity theft but it's just as likely to happen anywhere on a computer by those who know how to do it. There's no need to tell me what to do as I shan't take any notice. I still love Facebook. Surely millions of members can't be wrong.
    MICHA - I found your explanation of the Kipa very interesting. I haven't heard that before.

    17th Oct 2014
    9:34pm
    Dear Me…

    KKKKatie, no one is telling you what to do??? I think 'the forgotten' was merely stating the obvious…. be careful.

    You can use FB and hide many things (now anyway) from unwanted surveillance by others online BUT EVERYTHING is being made available to FOREIGN government agencies AND FOREIGN MEGA CORPORATIONS. This should NOT happen.

    You do NOT have to be a criminal, you do not have to be a paedophile, you merely need to DISAGREE with the USA policies or USA control or USA mega corporation's control of AUSTRALIA's democratic processes, our freedoms and our civil rights.

    By saying it is OKAY for the USA govt agencies and mega corporations to extract and take ALL our personal information on FB, is handing over AUSTRALIAN sovereignty to a FOREIGN govt and FOREIGN mega corporations, to do with what they like.

    Everything is fine for awhile but, although I don't like doing this, going back to Hitler… he did the same thing and eventually whole groups of people (communists, gypsies, jews, homosexuals, etc, etc) started being brutally tortured and murdered. The USA already has powers to simply black bag anyone, at home and anywhere in the world…. they have and still do TORTURE people (called 'enhanced interrogation') and any person black bagged can be stored away somewhere for however long the USA things necessary…. no rights to a trial or legal representation, or family, or anything…. poof, you are gone.

    I hear you say that you are an innocent and would not raise your voice in dissent, ever (hard to believe but okay we will accept that), so would never have anything to worry about and if those people are 'silly' enough to raise their voices in dissent, then that is their problem. That is also what the Germans said in Hitlers reign about each group as they were taken away. All those millions of people… all mostly good citizens who had never done anything wrong or even not raised their voice. If everyone had raised their voices, Hitler may have been required to cease and desist his ghoulish endeavours.

    Back to yourself…. what happens if they get something wrong and take you instead of the woman or bloke next door…. good luck with that!

    The thing is…. IF WE DO NOT continually sit up and be countered when our very DEMOCRACY and FREEDOMS are being removed… we will find that ALL of it will be removed whilst we are not looking.

    Look at Abbott's new DRACONIAN anti DEMOCRATIC laws which STRIP Australian's of their rights….. a perfect example of how FOREIGN mega CORPORATIONS are influencing OUR democratic rights and freedoms by ensuring that THEIR POLICIES and REQUIREMENTS are enmeshed into the PM's policies which are being enacted one by one. They are NOT for Australia or Australians, they are for the benefit of FOREIGN mega CORPORATIONS and POWERS.
    old-age worker
    9th Feb 2016
    12:11pm
    Take care dear readers.
    Complaints about the "freedom" and unregulated nature of the internet are just what this Government wants...
    It's about control.
    You complain about the lack of Government intervention. They respond by...
    intervening! (AKA censorship).
    We really dont want to go there do we.
    Better those that dont want to be tracked, traced and commercialised, dont join in.
    I dont. No Facebook for me!
    (and no unsolicited advertising from Mastercard either!
    ronloby
    16th Apr 2019
    12:50pm
    Microsoft is now into the advertising game with Microsoft Edge. One starts to read a story then several adverts take over. I think the Government watchdog should be looking into the number of adverts now appearing on each page as it is opened. Even with software reducing this sort of advertising has no effect.


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