Facebook may also collect information about you from other sources, such as newspapers, blogs, instant messaging services, and other users of the Facebook service through the operation of the service (e.g., photo tags) in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalized experience.
I don’t get it. How would they even get this information and what would be the purpose? I mean, instand messaging services? How would they even know what I’m messaging to my friends and why would they care? Newspapers? I guess I don’t really understand the point of this paragraph.
Razela, they make a kind of ‘paper’ ‘non-paper’ trail. But this information IS used and often when you’re applying for employment at middle and higher-end positions. For example, if your credit history is really messed up, or you have gone bankrupt, those employers view this as a kind of blueprint to your overall life behavior.
Friends you are associated with are also noted because they are an influence on your life and choices. If they are merely acquaintances, then even your preference for those you gather with, or are attracted to, are also considered your bend-in-behavior patterns.
If you think I’m kidding, I’m not….. many years ago I went completely bankrupt. Prior to this I held a middle-end position and had for over a decade. While I was prepared to endure another decade without credit, I was astonished that my credit record was not only available to prospective employers, but they used it as I stated above. I was deemed unacceptable for quite a few positions for which I applied. Some of these folks [employers] were at least (most) upfront about gaining access and using this information it to make their decision about whether or not to hire me [and others].
The Facebook may ‘say’ that information is private, but I can assure you that NOTHING is private and just as with those famous individuals whose sordid skeletons are exposed in the media, so any individual’s can and will be used by another to their benefit.