Once in Facebook, you can’t really get out of Facebook. Yes, perhaps I should have read the Terms and Conditions more closely, but not many people even skim those, let alone read them.
I ‘deactivated’ my Facebook account. They do not offer a ‘delete account’ option. Click to enlarge the above picture to see what you’re faced with when trying to leave. If you haven’t already seen the video I linked to in the previous post, you should. I am not paranoid, but I am also not stupid*. There are very powerful people involved with Facebook. Something sinister is going on and I don’t like it. I linked to the video in my ‘Other’ reasons for leaving (deactivating) my account. I also requested that they delete my data from their database. I’m certain they won’t.
Fortunately, the profile information I had input was minimal. Nothing too revealing or specific, but I’m sure it’s valuable to the third-party information buyers and other end-users anyway.
It’s far too easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new network or web technology without looking under the hood to see what’s truly going on. I’m sure my data is all over the place anyway, but it doesn’t mean I’m particularly thrilled about it. It’s almost as if we’ve entered an era where we’ve all filled out so many online forms that there’s no point in worrying about what’s happening with that information. We will all nod and type away without questioning things anymore. Remember when you wouldn’t give up your birthday or even your last name unless the service was your bank or other (hopefully) highly secure service? Now, loads of Web 2.0 startups have your details right down to Mother’s maiden name and saved credit card details. We leave our virtual doors unlocked at night and don’t seem to notice the wolves on the lawn.
There is no such thing as privacy anymore and pretty much every company has the potential to do evil. I just cut my ties (as best as I could) with one of them.
*So why, oh why did I sign up in the first place?