Letter: Accessing our data is intrusive

Penny Freeman warns people about the intrusive nature of social media after she had a bad experience on Facebook.
Penny Freeman warns people about the intrusive nature of social media after she had a bad experience on Facebook.

I agree with your article about Facebook 100%. I find the whole scenario quite sinister.

A few years ago before I retired I thought it would be a good way to contact my grandchildren in Canada and to, perhaps, find friends who, over the years, I have lost touch with.

I duly filled in their online form, giving very little personal information and lo and behold, an invitation to join Facebook was sent to every single person, organisation or company that I have ever contacted by email since I first got a computer. They told them all that I had now joined and gave them all the information that I had supplied about myself and invited them to join themselves.

Within an hour I had received several angry emails from friends and acquaintances telling me in no uncertain terms that they were not interested and that they bitterly resented my giving Facebook their email addresses as they took their privacy and security very seriously. I cancelled my account immediately and that is the way it will stay.

For several months I got emails from people I had only contacted for business reasons telling me they were mystified as to why I should want them to join Facebook and be a “friend”.

I had to send out a blanket email apologising to everyone and explaining I had not done it and that Facebook had somehow got into my address book and targeted them all.

I honestly do not know why anyone would want to be involved in something this intrusive.

If this has happened to me, a pensioner who rarely uses a computer, what about all the people and organisations who spend hours on one? The domino effect will be massive, worldwide, collections of everyone’s details, likes and dislikes etc. I find the whole thing both frightening and evil.

Penny Freeman
Vernon Road
Bridlington