Just As Netflix Gets In Trouble For Data Release, MySpace Begins Selling Data

from the lawsuits-a'comin? dept

So, just last week we noted that Netflix had gotten itself into a bit of hot water for its Netflix prize contest, which used real user data -- which was supposed to be anonymous. Unfortunately, as with most such data, it wasn't really anonymous, and that's illegal -- especially when it comes to movie rental data. Because of all that, Netflix has also canceled plans for a follow-up prize competition. However, just as that happened, reports were coming out that MySpace has begun selling user data. Among the data up for sale? "User playlists, mood updates, mobile updates, photos, vents, reviews, blog posts, names and zipcodes. You would have to imagine that at least some people might not be happy about that.

Now, to be fair, the info you provide MySpace is public -- while the info you provide Netflix is not. However, you could certainly see some people not being particularly thrilled that MySpace is now directly selling that information, and you have to imagine that someone will file a lawsuit before too long over this data.

Update: MySpace PR people sent over word that this content is no different than the free public real-time stream, it's just for those unable to capture it, they can now purchase it in a lump sum via this other site, for which MySpace apparently doesn't make any money...


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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 15th, 2010 @ 7:24pm

    Is all of the info they plan to "sell" readily avaialble to any member of the public by merely searching the site?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 15th, 2010 @ 7:37pm

    Well that's it. I just deleted my MySpace account, and in the space they left for comments/reasons, I gave them a piece of my mind.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 15th, 2010 @ 7:38pm

    "Now, to be fair, the info you provide MySpace is public"

    If myspace only sells public info and someone was stupid enough to actually buy information they can get for free anyways then I suppose both myspace and the person who bought the information deserve to get sued and lose just for their mere stupidity and the waste of resources they cost our court system.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 15th, 2010 @ 8:28pm

    except it isn't all public, some of that info is supposedly supposed to be able to control who sees it which means it should be private info.

     

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    Daniel, Mar 15th, 2010 @ 9:30pm

    And I'm sure that everyone who clicked the little "I agree" box when they signed up for a MySpace account gave them full legal rights to do this.

    I'd be doubtful that they're opening themselves up for lawsuits... sounds more like a last-ditch effort to wring some money out of a dieing platform.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 15th, 2010 @ 11:46pm

    If you check the link, you'll see that it's an external aggregator, which has nothing to do with MySpace...they're just using publicly available data. Should MySpace stop them from pulling that data?

     

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    FatGiant (profile), Mar 16th, 2010 @ 1:00am

    In my opinion this will actually and efectively Kill MySpace.

    Never used it much, but, from now on, I'll never use it again, delete the account? What for, I'm already sold. Let them delete that themselves when they kill the site.

    Please, the last one to leave, turn off the lights.

    Thanks.

     

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    fishbane, Mar 16th, 2010 @ 9:38am

    Down the drain

    If they own any patents, look for a lawsuit soon. They've lost in the market, and are losing their talent, and are now burning any residual goodwill they had for cash.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2010 @ 6:44am

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