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Re: When (social network) companies erase Personal Data

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 09:50:43 +0200
Message-ID: <BANLkTi=Wt8rYmWsmCbugwJz0G+kTyOg-kw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>
Cc: "public-privacy (W3C mailing list)" <public-privacy@w3.org>
There seems to be some effort to mirror/archive the site here:
http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Friendster

I imagine 'web science' folk would love to have this early example
stashed away for future examination of its topology etc.; not clear
how the privacy side of the story shapes up though...

Dan

On 26 April 2011 17:59, Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com> wrote:
> This one is interesting, because it is another case of datacide. So there is this tension in between forgetting and keeping and the use which is done with our personal data in between.
>
> Somehow it comforts me in the idea, that data should be more in control of people as in closer, glanceable. Just questions, no conclusions.
>
> http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/26/social-network-pioneer-friendster-to-erase-all-user-photos-blogs-and-more-on-may-31/
>
>    Fast forward to today, and it looks like Friendster
>    won’t be so much about sharing with friends anymore.
>    In a message to registered members (hat tip to
>    @Mazi), the company is asking all users to install a
>    custom application to export all their profile data,
>    as most of it will be unequivocally deleted on May
>    31, 2011.
>
>    On the help forum, Friendster encourages all users
>    to use the ‘Friendster Exporter’ app to download or
>    export their profile information, friends list,
>    photos, messages, comments, testimonials, shoutouts,
>    blogs and groups. Options include porting content to
>    Flickr or Multiply.
>
>    On May 31, Friendster will move to wipe out all
>    photos, blogs, comments and groups uploaded or
>    created by its users. The company will, however,
>    keep all accounts alive, along with user friends
>    lists, games details and basic profile information.
>
>
> --
> Karl Dubost - http://dev.opera.com/
> Developer Relations & Tools, Opera Software
>
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