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Dating Site Creates Profiles From Public Records 257

schliz writes "Online dating company Gotham Dating Partners has announced plans to create profiles for non-registered individuals based on publicly available information from social networking sites, e-mail registries, mailing lists, marketing surveys, government census records, real estate listings and business websites. Although the Australian Privacy Commissioner has warned that the automatic creation of identifiable profiles of individuals without their knowledge is 'not good privacy practice,' Gotham Dating Partners does not expect to face any privacy issues from the move, which is expected to boost its membership from 6.5 million to 340 million worldwide."
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 17, 2011 @04:04AM (#34902586)

    Oh really? You think so, do you? And exactly what is it you "think so" about? The parent made two comments; one listing a number of sites the company operates, the other just saying "say no more".

    If you are "thinking so" about the first, I'd love to hear your deep, intimate thoughts on a company operating several sites. But it sounds like you're unsure if they do! Don't worry, just sit there and apply your staggering logic to the situation, and you'll either magically figure out whether or not they *really* have all those sites, or you'll die of dehydration. Win/win, right?

    Or, you're *thinking so* about his second statements, which means the guy said there's nothing more to say, and you made a comment specifically to say you also think nothing has to be said, which I think is technically at the lowest intellectual level possible. I mean that no matter what stupid thing any person has ever done, it only technically required stupidity as high as yours, no higher.

    In either case, it was a staggering waste on so many levels. You've wasted your own time, you've wasted a small amount of the sustenance granted from whatever you last managed to cram into your maw without choking, you've brought the mechnical failure of your keyboard forward a few seconds, you've wasted power to your home to drive your computer, power to dozens more to transmit your message, you've wasted the efforts of anyone who spent time reading your comment, not to mention the extra page rendering time for anyone visiting the page, you've wasted space on Slashdot's server which will carry your meaningless drivel forever more. In essence, through thousands of tiny interactions both direct and indirect, you've brought the heat-death of the universe forward just that tiny fraction so that you can take a simple, opinionless, uncontroversial statement and make a generic, none-specific, none-commital, information-empty reply to it.

    And you know what? Looking at your comment history, where you've done nothing but this (apart from that one time you linked to your own shop), I'm led to think you're actually a spam bot who's idling and building up a comment count in preparation for a blitz, which means I'm probably being even more wasteful with this post. I can only hope that someone who was thinking of making such a useless statement reads this and realises how much of an idiot they are, leaving someone with an actual opinion to make an effort instead, giving some worth to my words.

  • by VortexCortex ( 1117377 ) <(VortexCortex) ( ...> on Monday January 17, 2011 @04:50AM (#34902760) []

    I felt obliged to post an XKCD link -- as it is our custom.

  • Re:Easy (Score:5, Funny)

    by Chrisq ( 894406 ) on Monday January 17, 2011 @05:13AM (#34902826)

    Which leads to the question: why not just use Facebook directly? (And the alternate question: why hasn't someone tied together Facebook and a dating service yet? Seems like an obvious connection.)

    I can't see though why anyone would use a service where 95% of the members can't respond since they aren't registered. If the goal is to increase the signal to noise ratio by finding a good match and a successful pairing then you would want to remove idle users not add them.

    I tried that, but it seems that 90% of the people are in the Mafia, farmers, or zombie hunters

  • Re:Easy (Score:5, Funny)

    by TaoPhoenix ( 980487 ) <> on Monday January 17, 2011 @08:30AM (#34903372) Journal

    In Facebook America, This Page Likes You!

  • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Monday January 17, 2011 @10:45AM (#34904036) Homepage

    And LOTS of dead people. Anyone want to date a zombie?

    Well, it would mean that someone is dating me for my BRAINZ!!

    Sorry, I just couldn't resist that one. ;-)

  • Re:Easy (Score:5, Funny)

    by tehcyder ( 746570 ) on Monday January 17, 2011 @11:14AM (#34904344) Journal

    What's the difference between a "heterosexually oriented" dating service and a gay one?

    A: What's the difference between a cucumber sandwich and unprotected anal sex?

    B: I don't know.

    A: In that case, would you like to come to tea tonight?

  • Re:Easy (Score:4, Funny)

    by Chapter80 ( 926879 ) on Monday January 17, 2011 @11:40AM (#34904640)

    Cool, someone's going to create a profile for me on a dating site!

    I hope they let me know if I get laid.

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus