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01-22-2013 (2124 Days Ago)
TitleMySocialMatch Reviews Privacy Policies Before Launch

May 30, 2012 - Venice, FL - You read about it everyday, how another social networking website has inadvertently allowed their user's private information to be directly accessed by other companies unbeknownst to their subscribers. Recently under fire again for sharing their subscriber's personal information was Facebook. Over the past 2 years, many major privacy breaches have been discovered by the subscribers as they found their profile pictures used in public ads, or found information used by partner sites that Facebook uses to provide entertainment applications stripped from the text within the profile itself.

Michigan Democrat John Conyers who is the head of the House Judiciary Committee investigating companies like Facebook, Google and other online content providers on their use of personal information provided by users of their services. There is mounting concern within Congress that none of the companies are taking the issue of personal privacy online seriously. Expectedly, executives at either company have made statements to show it is a major concern, but the actions recently of Facebook trying to simplify their user's controls of their private information seems to many an effort a bit too late.

Conyers asked Facebook on Friday to provide details about its sharing of member information with third parties and about its privacy policies. Several privacy watchdog groups, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center, have already filed a complaint against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has been reviewing the privacy policies of Facebook and other social networks. Some of the largest groups within Facebook are titled with phrases decrying their disgust with the privacy policies or lack thereof.

As is readying to start accepting users subscribing to their service, founder Richard Meyers says that "Privacy was a major issue from the first page that was written, and is deeply embedded into everything our users will experience." He added, "In this age of automation and online usage being a major part of the lives of people everywhere, companies have been collecting and distributing user's information in various forms for so many years that is has become a part of their culture. Not only a part of their culture, but assuredly a revenue stream also as they charge other companies for licenses to access their users through online game play or other applications. And the deeper the information sharing gets, the more money they receive. This is especially important since most of the major social networks have been giving everything away free, and now are trying after several years to monetize their web sites."

mysocialmatch has been developed to add a layer of privacy to each individual item instead of an ad-hoc generalized blanket for a complete category of actions. Each time a user creates a post in a group, adds a photo, rates a profile, or does just one of a plethora of actions, that they have control of each individual item and who sees it. These controls are directly above the SUBMIT button and would be hard to miss when using the site.

When you have a corporate mentality that you can take information gathered on your user's habits online and disseminate it to further increase revenues whether it be in-house or shared with strategic business partners, it is hard to break the cycle of abuse. In many cases discovered so far, privacy groups are finding leaks, and bringing it to the forefront, not the individual companies being forthcoming about what they gather or share. So mysocialmatch took the lessons that others still have a struggle learning, and integrate it into the very fabric of what they create everyday. As each new feature rolls out, it will be solely hosted within their servers and network and not leaked out to any source, even if they are a business partner.

So in the long run, users can expect the level of privacy they SHOULD be getting, and if they want to find out what services, deals and savings they can expect through our partners, they can just look under their own power. Mr. Meyers commented " if you look at the present situation of invasion of your privacy, and roll back the calendar to the 1980's, and try to imagine the same happening to you then. It would be the same as people randomly coming into your house and setting up hidden cameras to see what you ate, monitor what you watch on TV, do for recreation with your family, or even what you do in your bedroom. Then the information is used to send you mail offers, and have random people knocking at your door loaded with all your personal details to sell you products and services. Do you feel invaded? I know I would.. and still do today! I am committed to creating a functional and worthwhile social network and not the spy network that seems to be popular with many social networks running today."

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