Holiday Fun: Analyzing Facebook Privacy for Ads

So you got a Facebook ID and ticked it in a hurry AND added in your work info. Bad Choice. Even small advertisers like me ( with 225 fans for Decisionstats) can see aggregate numbers of work info BEFORE even advertising.
This can lead to hilarious results-

See Screenshots below- AND note the numbers

1) 400 US females > age 18 work at IBM, SAP, Oracle or Microsoft AND are interested in Women

2) 2940 US females or males > age 18 work at IBM, SAP, Oracle or Microsoft AND are interested in Women

3) 480 US females > age 18 work at IBM, SAP, Oracle or Microsoft AND are interested in Men AND are married

4) 440 US males > age 18 work at IBM, SAP, Oracle or Microsoft AND are interested in Men

5) 40 US males > age 18 work at IBM, SAP, Oracle or Microsoft AND are interested in Men AND are married

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Interested in males/females while giving out your work info AND your marital status. I hope these are ahem False Positives but seriously do you think these are violations of privacy or not.

Ps- i decided not to advertise after seeing the err statistics.
pps- This is meant to showcase lax ad related privacy for professionals rather than any individual preference or judgment.

Author: Ajay Ohri

http://about.me/ajayohri

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