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‘Dating’ Site Imports 250,000 Facebook Profiles, Without Permission

submitted on February 4, 2011 by orangearrows in "Member's Lounge"
This is getting scarier by the minute.

How does a unknown dating site, with the absurd intention of destroying Facebook, launch with 250,000 member profiles on the first day?


You scrape data from Facebook.

At least, that’s the approach taken by two provocateurs who launched this week, with profiles — names, locations and photos — scraped from publicly accessible Facebook pages. The site categorizes these unwitting volunteers into personality types, using a facial recognition algorithm, so you can search for someone in your general area who is “easy going,” “smug” or “sly.”

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1. Does this change your perception about Facebook as a secure site?
  • YES
  • 40%
  • NO
  • 20%
  • They never secure to begin with
  • 40%
    Total: 5 votes


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      Posted by HouTex on February 4, 2011
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      I never had any illusion that Facebook was secure, but it's still disturbing.

      How they did it ( ) -

      Through special custom software we collected data from more than 1,000,000 Facebook users. What we collected is their "public data" - some of their personal data (name, country, Facebook groups they subscribe to) plus their main profile picture and a few friend relationships. We built a database with all this data, then began to analyze the pictures that showed smiling faces.

      Just as I was wondering if what they did was legal, I found this page -
      If your identity has been hurt by this website, just write to us and we'll remove your data instantly.
      This website is a work of art and we're committed to avoiding any related annoyances.

      You can use the Contact form to write us.

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