It's getting easier for strangers to identify people and infer detailed information about them from their publicly available pictures on sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, a researcher said at Black Hat.
"Psychological identity formation mediates our visceral sense of self through the reflecting chamber of the external world. As the image above depicts, there is an ongoing interplay between our projection of self to others and the affirming or contradictory stories others project about us."
"Despite the White House document’s claim that, “opposition to government policy is neither illegal nor unpatriotic and does not make someone a violent extremist,” the Department of Homeland Security has gone out of its way to characterize adversaries of big government as potential domestic terrorists."
"What Google seems to want from Google+ users is their full legal names, although it will not come out and admit this. Not just that, but only full legal names which conform with Western European/North American naming standards."
There are currently eight people with Google Plus profiles under the name Blake Ross, but the Blake Ross that cofounded Firefox years ago and is now the Director of Product at Facebook is no longer one of them.
"Facebook and Google both maintain policies and “terms of service” agreements regarding the services they offer. In theory Google and Facebook can make any damn demands they bloody well want, and for a free service their clientèle should bloody well accept this."