Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants)

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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

How could anyone in 2020 be surprised or shocked by this.  Assume you are being observed at all times!

Jan 29, 2020 09:35 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

This article ends with this: 

I also hope that members of Congress get a good look at this new feature. If it has the same effect on them that it had on me, they might get a little more serious about advancing the federal privacy bill we so badly need.

I have no illusions that the Federal Government is interested in improving our privacy. Quite the opposite. 

Jan 29, 2020 10:17 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

This is NOT a privacy issue, although privacy is a victim.

What it is 100% about is controlling society. If one controls the information society consumes you control the society. The tribal and polarized society is the fruit of this tree.

Cambridge Analytics proved this and DEMONSTRATED these data aggregators are a threat to DEMOCRACY!

But as we can observe with health-care, banking, and all the 'too big to fail' industries, democracy can be bought.

The ONLY choice we have is deciding 'who we want to wash our brains.'

Anyone thinking they are not being manipulate is misinformed. It is the ability to manipulate, not privacy that is the elephant in the room.

Jan 29, 2020 10:28 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Thanks for sharing this link/info, Ron and Alexandra Seigel ... definitely checking it out ...


Jan 29, 2020 09:10 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Many things can potentially "freak me".  I don't see the need to do a thorough review.   

Jan 29, 2020 06:13 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I just assume that everything gets reported somewhere and it's hard to hide. Alexa listens as well...

Jan 29, 2020 11:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Well.... let them share all my market data posts and my funny cat and dog posts! Besides that, if they want to share my birthday greetings to people that's fine, too. I don't do a whole lot more than that.

Jan 29, 2020 10:44 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Thank for the heads up and sharing the link. I will check it out.

Jan 29, 2020 10:05 AM
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Big Brother just keeps on expanding and expanding. 

Jan 30, 2020 08:05 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

People worry too much about what the world knows about them - our personal information such as birth certificates, marriage certificates and addresses are all already public information.

Nothing that I share on FB or any other website is so highly private that I would need to become a conspiracy theorist. 

Jan 29, 2020 09:17 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Ron and Alexandra Seigel thank you for sharing the link. I am not surprised.

Jan 29, 2020 03:41 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you for the heads-up Ron and Alexandra Seigel . I will go take a look.

Jan 29, 2020 02:33 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

thanks for the link, Alexandra.... I'll read it soon.... but I enjoy Facebook... I hope it doesn't end it for me!!

Jan 29, 2020 09:14 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

It's true. Everything is categorized. Of course, you are able to change the settings for more privacy, blocking...etc.

Jan 30, 2020 05:47 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The criminals in Russia and elsewhere have already proven that they can get all they need on us from multiple sources, including our own govt agencies.

Jan 30, 2020 02:52 AM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Data trackers and data brokers:  eye openers

How data brokers sold my identity | Madhumita Murgia | TEDxExeter

The Future of Your Personal Data - Privacy vs Monetization | Stuart Lacey | TEDxBermuda

How Online Trackers Track You, and What You Can Do About It | Luke Crouch | TEDxUniversityofTulsa

In 1999 the New York Times called cookies "surveillance files."  Privacy has been violated by tech since last century.  They started out invasive, then took the slippery slope downhill becoming a dangerous threat to the security and well-being of all individuals.

Jan 29, 2020 08:13 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is actually not shocking, everyone has our data especially the devil FB

Jan 29, 2020 04:22 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for the link. This is big news for Facebook users.

Jan 29, 2020 03:46 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

This is absolutely true as I found out last year. Then there is another aggregator that compiles it all up & puts out a fake profile about you with incorrect info that they got from all these sites. You can remove your profile with an email but once you read all the info they have on you & surmise what you do for a living or what religion you are - you're pretty spooked.

Jan 29, 2020 11:06 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Just a few people are using FB - haha 3.2 billion worldwide.  That's a lot of data mining.  It's a shame we have to expect that most sites are probably doing this. I got off FB 2+ years ago. Do I miss seeing friends and family pictures....yes. But just not going back there.

Jan 30, 2020 10:58 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Likely the Facebook Pixel is on those sites.  I have add-ons to block that (uBlock) and in general block social media sites via containers in Firefox.  They essentially firewall off social sites from others and put little blocked icons over their trackers.

Jan 30, 2020 09:11 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 I have a bare-bones presence on FB.   Distant relatives, a couple of reunion groups.  But this article reinforces why I should get completely off that site.  

Thanks for the link!

Jan 30, 2020 07:10 AM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

I don't know why, but I still get surprised by how much is tracked. It shouldn't surprise me however, it sure does frustrate me. Just the other day I had the conversation about how, for the sake of convenience (smart phones), we are all allowing companies and the government to data mine and track us. My kids (teens), having only know life like this, are even less concerned about it. My future grandkids will likely not even question it.  Each generation is getting more and more conditioned to less privacy and more government/business monitoring. 

Jan 30, 2020 01:32 PM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Interesting,  I also have no illusion of any type of privacy in this world that is interconnected in so many ways.  

It started long before facebook became popular, back in the days of my high school yearbook, now available on line.  

Feb 04, 2020 12:09 PM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

Sounds like 1984 to me, something Orwell should have included in his book way back when. I'm not particularly a FB friend but I do visit every once in a while.

Feb 03, 2020 03:08 AM