What's wrong with Blippy

Compliance & Law

Anyone who is on the Internet today must expect to be naked in front of the global public. Anyone who romps on the World Wide Web should say goodbye to the idea that there is something like privacy there. This is the opinion of such well-known top managers in the IT scene as Eric Schmidt from Google, Lawrence Ellison from Oracle and Scott McNealy from Sun Microsystems. The deeper you dive into the web, the more traces you leave behind, the more visible you become to third parties.

You are what you buy

Of course, this truism applies even more to social media. The network service Blippy is a good example of how transparency is created when shopping on the Internet. If you have registered here, you can automatically inform everyone you have defined as a Blippy contact that you have, for example, just booked a TUI trip to Thailand for June 22, 2011, and will pay for it with your Visa credit card, and also for this just bought the right outfit from Jack Wolfskin. This may not be a problem, but it can be interesting news for burglars, tour operators and credit card companies.

Anyone who writes when they refuel where, which restaurants they visit in which cities or when they go on a business trip, leaves a nice movement profile. Above all, however, a detailed picture of a person's consumer behavior is created. Incidentally, Blippy only works if the user grants the network service the passwords for the e-mail inbox, emphasizes ITK expert and book author Thomas Köhler. Blippy extract the data of a purchase on Amazon from the emails of the order confirmations. Blippy then "communicates this to the world".

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  2. Facebook offers the operators of external websites an easy way to link their Internet presence with the social network.

  3. A visitor to the respective site who clicks on this button and is logged into Facebook at the same time expresses his or her sympathy for the site or a certain product.

  4. This expression of sympathy can be seen in his profile and for all his Facebook "friends".

  5. The data required for this are transmitted to Facebook with the click.