Google Issues Warning About Facebook Trapping Contacts

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is continuing the message that Facebook is trapping data and is not reciprocating. Google is now issuing a sarcastic warning to Facebook users when they start importing Gmail contacts into the social network. Below is the message in text format of what the message says:

Trap my contacts now

Hold on a second. Are you super sure you want to import your contact information for your friends into a service that won’t let you get it out?

Here’s the not-so-fine print. You have been directed to this page from a site that doesn’t allow you to re-export your data to other services, essentially locking up your contact data about your friends. So once you import your data there, you won’t be able to get it out. We think this is an important thing for you to know before you import your data there. Although we strongly disagree with this data protectionism, the choice is yours. Because, after all, you should have control over your data.

Of course, you are always free to download your contacts using the export feature in Google Contacts.

This public service announcement is brought to you on behalf of your friends in Google Contacts:

[_] Register a complaint over data protectionism. (Google will not record or display your name or email address.)

[_] Proceed with exporting this data. I recognize that once it’s been imported to another service, that service may not allow me to export it back out.

Select one or more options. Cancel and go back


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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