Social Media: Open Waters or Shark Infested?

July 21st, 2009 |

With the recent upheavals in Social Media Security and reports of privacy invasion, it seems that ensuring personal privacy and online protection are of paramount importance. In the last week, reports that the hack on Twitter was much more serious than previously reported have come to light; Tagged, self-proclaimed third-largest social networking site has been sued by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) in New York for serious invasions of privacy; and Facebook is being investigated in Canada for retaining personal information from accounts that have either been closed or abandoned,  in violation of Canadian privacy laws. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jeff Louis

Tagged Snagged for Unlawful Practices

July 20th, 2009 |

In May 2007, TechCrunch touted Social Media Network, Tagged, as possibly the fastest-growing Social Media site, and touted the fact that it had just become profitable.  Known as a “second-tier” network, along with Orkut, Hi5, Bebo, and Piczo, it was expected that Tagged would soon become a first tier player, ranking with the likes of Facebook and MySpace.

A lot can change in two years, and although Tagged boast 80 Million users, they’ve got their hands full of legal issues at the moment. Yesterday, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo charged Tagged with “spamming and stealing identities” from 60 million users.

Tagged’s scam used it’s users contacts to contact people that were not part of the network and sent them emails stating that there were pictures of them posted online, and to see them they would need to log in. Unfortunately, one of the people that received this message was a reporter for Time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jeff Louis