Regulation is only way to stop social networks from learning more than we want, says researcher

[IDG] Online social networks are gathering information about their users that those people never intended to disclose, and government regulation may be the only way to stop the practice, a researcher said Tuesday.People deliberately disclose a great deal of their personal data to social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, but the networks can use that information, and data about users’ online behavior, to infer even more, allowing them to build extensive user profiles, said Christian Zimmermann, a researcher at the University of Freiburg in Germany, at the Amsterdam Privacy Conference.

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