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Can Facebook get any more creepy?

whipnet (1025686) writes | more than 4 years ago

Privacy 2

whipnet (1025686) writes "OK, I am not sure where to start with this. I am thoroughly creeped out right now. I figured Slashdot would be a good place to ask though.

First off, I do NOT have a Facebook account in any shape or fashion. I have avoided it like the plague since the beginning. Every one else I know is on it, but not me.

I'll try to explain this the best I can and try not to sound confused, but I am confused, so I can't promise anything.

It started today when I got an friend request from my uncle in my email. My uncle does not live in the same state as me, never has and knows none of my friends. As most know when you get one of these emails, there are suggestions of people you might know. I do understand how they make connections using their massive database and data mining algorithms, but the list they sent me was so exact and the fact that the people listed have no clue of one another has really gotten my stomach twisted.

I have everything from ex pot dealers to ex wives listed on it... none of them personally knowing each other.

I understand that my sister and wife may know some of my friends, but they have never met or even know of the others. There is no way anyone on that list or even that I know in the real world could have a connection to a pot dealer I used in college (20 years ago).

There are also business associates listed that don't even live in this country and have never met anyone else I know.

How did they make this connection? (Again, I have NO account or NO fake facebook friends)

Thanks for any input you can provide."

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2 comments

one word : EMAIL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30764246)

Every one you know uploads their contact lists when they join without thinking about what that means. Your email address is probably among their contacts. When your uncle sends you an invitation, all they do is send other users who have uploaded your email address at some point. As simple as it gets. No data mining required.

Re:one word : EMAIL (1)

whipnet (1025686) | more than 4 years ago | (#30764352)

Thank you. It doesn't make me feel any better, but thank you none the less. *
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