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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Online dating site takes information from Facebook without asking

Mark Zuckerberg once got in trouble at Harvard for stealing co-ed data from university servers to create FaceMash. He was charged with various offenses that bordered on identity theft. That was 2003, however Wired reports that today, a couple of activists with an online dating site want Zuckerberg to learn something about information security. The social experiment/dating site Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico call Lovely Faces scraped 250,000 Facebook profiles for real names, locations and head shots without Facebook’s permission, so a lawsuit might be waiting in the wings. Facebook already makes so much money that they probably won’t need personel loans to take this company to court. Resource for this article – Lovely Faces scraped from Facebook without permission by MoneyBlogNewz.

What lovely-Faces.com does

Without obtaining consent, Lovely Faces grabbed Facebook user information and classified photographs of male and female faces via a recognition algorithm into such categories as "easy going," "smug" or "sly." Cirio and Ludovico are worried about the legality of it all. This is because they used Facebook user's real names as well. Wired explains that they claim Lovely Faces is not for business however for art challenging the idea of sharing online social press personal information.

"If we start to play with the concepts of identity theft and dating, we should be able to unveil how fragile a virtual identity given to a proprietary platform can be," write the Lovely Faces founders on Face to Facebook. "And (we’ll see) how fragile enormous capitalization based on exploiting social systems can be."

What Cirio and Ludovico aim to do to Facebook and any large-scale monetized online social system is shine a light on the cracks inherent in the system. They are hoping to make the networks crumble from over-hyped stock evaluations just like in the early 2000s when the bubble burst stopping several dot coms.

Facebook upset with Lovely Faces

There’s a violation of Facebook's terms of service according to Barry Schnitt. He is the Director of Policy Communications at Facebook. Facebook isn't just jumping to take legal action. The business has to investigate Lovely-Faces.com first. Facebook has sued others before, such as the online protection research firm Skull Protection after it released 100 million Facebook user names and profile addresses. Another lawsuit might interest Zuckerberg. This is very possible.

Information from

Face to Facebook


New York Times




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