MySpace, Murdoch and privacy violations

MySpace, Murdoch and privacy violations

Things are just getting worse and worse at MySpace.

After buying it for $580 million, Rupert Murdoch has put it on the market because its losing money and going nowhere. It will cost him hundreds of millions.

Now Bloomberg reports that it's being sued for giving away user data without consent, handing over to aggregators data that connects users' names with their Internet browsing histories.

The lawsuit, filed in New York, says: "MySpace knowingly serves as and profits handsomely from being a conduit through which details of the most intimate aspects of its members' lives, as reflected in their Internet browsing history and otherwise, are transmitted to data aggregators, who package the information into profiles and sell it like any other commodity to advertisers."

Of course, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is getting a crash course in privacy right now with the arrest of Murdoch's most senior journalists and executives as police step up their inquiry into allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World.

Murdoch's henchmen have apologized and set up a fund to compensate high profile victims who want to sue for these attacks on their privacy. It's believed that thousands of people have had their phones hacked, including Gordon Brown, as chancellor of the exchequer, and John Prescott, as former deputy prime minister. This is out and out criminality.

The long and short of it is that Rupert Murdoch runs a business of privacy snatchers. So naturally, some of it would have rubbed off on his MySpace operations.


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