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As a user of Facebook, you should have received an email about updates to the Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.  No one ever wants to read these policies…  But, in this day and age, it is pretty important to understand a little of what it says.  Let’s take a look at some of the policies of the Data Use Policy. This is very important to YOU and YOUR FAMILY.  I have copied some of the important parts of this policy for you to review.  Everyone should take the time to read the complete policy.  As you know, based on public articles, Facebook is one of the tech companies that is currently providing user data to the NSA.  Does it matter?  Let’s take a look at what they are collecting about you…



From the Data Use Policy… (actual text in italics)

Information we receive about you

  • Your information – Your information is the information that’s required when you sign up for the site, as well as the information you choose to share.
  • Registration information – When you sign up for Facebook, you are required to provide information such as your name, email address, birthday, and gender. In some cases, you may be able to register using other information, like your telephone number.
  • Information you choose to share – Your information also includes the information you choose to share on Facebook, such as when you post a status update, upload a photo, or comment on a friend’s story.  Your name, profile pictures, cover photos, gender, networks, username and User ID are treated just like information you choose to make public.
  • Information others share about you – We receive information about you from your friends and others, such as when they upload your contact information, post a photo of you, tag you in a photo or status update, or at a location, or add you to a group.  When people use Facebook, they may store and share information about you and others that they have, such as when they upload and manage their invites and contacts.

Other information we receive about you

  • When you post things like photos or videos on Facebook, we may receive additional related data (or metadata), such as the time, date, and place you took the photo or video.
  • We receive data from the computer, mobile phone or other device you use to access Facebook, including when multiple users log in from the same device. This may include your IP address and other information about things like your internet service, location, the type (including identifiers) of browser you use, or the pages you visit. For example, we may get your GPS or other location information so we can tell you if any of your friends are nearby.
  • When we get your GPS location, we put it together with other location information we have about you (like your current city).
  • We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people’s data in a way that it is no longer associated with you.



Public information
(When we use the phrase “public information” (which we sometimes refer to as “Everyone information”), we mean the information you choose to make public, as well as information that is always publicly available.)

Choosing to make your information public also means that this information:

  • can be associated with you (i.e., your name, profile pictures, cover photos, timeline, User ID, username, etc.) even off Facebook;
  • can show up when someone does a search on Facebook or on a public search engine;
  • will be accessible to anyone who uses our APIs such as our Graph API.




How we use the information we receive – We use the information we receive about you in connection with the services and features we provide to you and other users like your friends, our partners, the advertisers that purchase ads on the site, and the developers that build the games, applications, and websites you use.

  • to protect Facebook’s or others’ rights or property;
  • to provide you with location features and services, like telling you and your friends when something is going on nearby;
While you are allowing us to use the information we receive about you, you always own all of your information. Your trust is important to us, which is why we don’t share information we receive about you with others unless we have:
  • received your permission;
  • given you notice, such as by telling you about it in this policy; or
  • removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it.
Of course, for information others share about you, they control how it is shared.
We store data for as long as it is necessary to provide products and services to you and others, including those described above. Typically, information associated with your account will be kept until your account is deleted. For certain categories of data, we may also tell you about specific data retention practices.


So, what do we learn from this policy…  As The CMD Group stresses in our internet safety presentation (Knowledge, Wisdom & The Internet), there are security settings to your Facebook account.  It is imperative that YOU set your security (Click Here to download a document with instructions on how to set your security).  A new account on Facebook has security set to PUBLIC which allows Facebook to share all of your information posted to your account.  You can restrict this access to your information, but you have to keep in mind that your friends on Facebook can also provide PUBLIC information on you and your family based upon their settings.
If you would like more information about how to protect yourself and your family, visit the links above, or email The CMD Group.  Be safe and be blessed!

CISPA2Here is a very interesting article from Fox News (yeah, right wing) that exposes a truth that I do not believe many people are going to catch on to.  It wasn’t but just a couple months ago that the NSA was saying “we are not collecting information on all email” and, they were also claiming they were NOT collecting information on all cell phone use.  However…

In this article, the NSA source speaking on behalf of the NSA to Fox News says “The statement said the programs as a whole have helped defend the nation, and that as of 2008, “there were over 300 terrorists captured using intelligence generated from XKEYSCORE.” ”  Now, in previous interviews, the NSA has said that the new database was not yet functional.  Now, they are saying that they have captured over 300 terrorists?  Hmmm…

Also, read this closely…  “Meanwhile, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declassified a set of documents on Wednesday that begin to shed light on the authorization and rules behind the agency’s phone and Internet record collection. 

The documents stress that these programs allow the government to collect basic information about phone calls and email communications, but not the content of those messages. They say most of the information “is never reviewed,” while describing the programs as vital to the “early warning system” for detecting terror plots.”

Think about this for a moment…  They are capturing the information, but cannot use the content (they have the content as well).  And, again, it was just a few months ago that the NSA was saying they were not collecting ALL information on phone calls and emails.

Draw your own conclusion.


Click the graphic above, or this link here to read the whole story.

For your personal, or family, protection… Post with caution on Facebook that can be used against you.  Posts such as “my spouse is going to be out of town this week, I will miss them”, “my parents are going away this weekend”, or “we are going on vacation and our house is going to be empty” are just some examples of what can put you in harms way.

Post with caution and realize that if you have 400 friends, they potentially have 400 friends, which means that over 100,000 people could read what you just posted.  Who are all of those people?  Listen to that little voice inside of you when you post and be wise about what you share.

Check out our website for more information on how to protect yourself and your family!  Be safe and be blessed!

Recently The CMD Group released their first Android application.  A few people say they cannot download the app from The CMD Group’s website and here is why.

Google, Apple and Microsoft all have their own App (application) Stores…  Google has Play, Apple has their App Store and Microsoft has the Windows App Store.  Wow, they put a lot of thought into those names didn’t they?  While many applications are free, some do have a charge.  The purpose of these stores are to ensure that you are downloading a “safe” application to your phone.  They all three check apps that are published to ensure they are not malicious and crash your phone.

They also gain control by you downloading the app from their stores.  They can (and do) monitor usage and downloads to rank developers.  The CMD Group does and will make apps available from the stores, but you do not HAVE to use a store to download.  We will be making our Android and Windows application available on our website so users do not HAVE to download from the stores.  And, yes…  The Apple application is not available from our website.  Why you ask?  Because Apple will not allow applications to be served except from their store.  Yes, they seem to be a little controlling huh?  They also charge 10x more to be a developer too.  But, that is another discussion.

Again, some people have issues in downloading apps to their Android phone getting an error saying “For Security, your device is set to block installation of applications not obtained from Android Market“.  This is a simple setting (go to settings, and choose Unknown Sources and “Allow installation of non-Market apps”) to just keep you from downloading malicious applications.  Our apps downloaded from our site are the same versions as what is available from the stores.  If you don’t want to download from our site, then get our apps from the stores.  Either way, we appreciate you using our apps.

And, please…  Provide feedback, rate our applications and provide support!  We can use it to help better develop apps for the future.

Be safe and be blessed!