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Facebook, contests, and privacy, oh my!

Filed under: Random and Pleasing — jet @ 22:25

Moogfest is a conference/concert where analog synth loving people like me can go to talks, build synths, and attend concerts by new, obscure, and legendary musicians who use Moog products. It’s a long, drawn-out conference worth a sentence too long by half!

Today I got email from moogfest about a contest for an iPad modified by TOKiMONSTA. Sure, a contest for a free iPad customized by an artist, who wouldn’t buy one of those tickets? (Honestly, I’d rather win a few hours in the studio with her teaching me her magic analog skills.)

So I go to enter the contest and learn I have to use a Facebook account to enter the contest. Ok, uh, sure? Wait. Who is this user “Recess” running the contest? Before entering the company I get an accept/decline that informs me:

Recess will receive the following info: your public profile, friend list, email address, News Feed, relationships, relationship interests, birthday, chat status, notes, work history, status updates, checkins, education history, events, groups, hometown, interests, current city, photos, religious and political views, videos, website, personal description and likes and your friends’ relationships, relationship interests, birthdays, chat statuses, notes, work histories, status updates, checkins, education histories, events, groups, hometowns, interests, current cities, photos, religious and political views, videos, websites, personal descriptions and likes.

Yeah, so, uh, NO. Imagine someone asking you to buy a raffle ticket for a $500 prize, but only selling you the ticket after you give them all that information.

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