Matt Rourke, Associated Press
Our take: Information posted on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even Blogspot could be data that companies collect for other organizations. The information is used to understand how to reach out to their customers better. Lois Beckett of ProPublica, reports about the companies releasing personal information unbeknownst to social media users:
"Yesterday, we got a rare look at how information on your public social media profilesincluding Twitter, Facebook and LinkedInis being harvested and resold by large consumer data companies.
Responding to a congressional query, nine data companies provided answers to a detailed set of questions about what kinds of information they collect about individual Americans, and where they get that data."
- 11 best—and worst—state tax systems
- Scotland votes to remain part of United Kingdom
- Review: Larger iPhones eliminate reason to...
- 'Gotham' actor's Penguin inspired by DC Comics
- Chiefs' Reid dedicated to domestic abuse victims
- Trial opens for Detroit officer who killed...
- Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit...
- Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence
- US wealth gap putting the squeeze on... 27
- Striking or spanking a child is not a... 20
- President Obama: Ebola outbreak a... 15
- Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama library's... 12
- School police stock up on free military... 11
- Yellen says US families need to boost... 10
- US won't rule out working with Iran... 7
- Gamers use police hoax to lash out at... 6