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Doug Schuler douglas at
Mon Jun 25 14:04:05 PDT 2018

In case you hadn't seen this...  How do *we* respond?

*What 7 creepy patents reveal about Facebook *


*Reading your relationships*

One patent application discusses predicting whether you’re in a romantic
relationship using information such as how many times you visit another
user’s page, the number of people in your profile picture and the
percentage of your friends of a different gender.


*Classifying your personality*

Another proposes using your posts and messages to infer personality traits.
It describes judging your degree of extroversion, openness or emotional
stability, then using those characteristics to select which news stories or
ads to display.

*U.S. PATENT NO. 9,740,752*

*Predicting your future*

This patent application describes using your posts and messages, in
addition to your credit card transactions and location, to predict when a
major life event, such as a birth, death or graduation, is likely to occur.


*Identifying your camera*

Another considers analyzing pictures to create a unique camera “signature”
using faulty pixels or lens scratches. That signature could be used to
figure out that you know someone who uploads pictures taken on your device,
even if you weren’t previously connected. Or it might be used to guess the
“affinity” between you and a friend based on how frequently you use the
same camera.

*U.S. PATENT NO. 8,472,662*

*Listening to your environment*

This patent application explores using your phone microphone to identify
the television shows you watched and whether ads were muted. It also
proposes using the electrical interference pattern created by your
television power cable to guess which show is playing.


Facebook Creepy Patent 6.

*Tracking your routine*

Another patent application discusses tracking your weekly routine and
sending notifications to other users of deviations from the routine. In
addition, it describes using your phone’s location in the middle of the
night to establish where you live.


*Inferring your habits*

This patent proposes correlating the location of your phone to locations of
your friends’ phones to deduce whom you socialize with most often. It also
proposes monitoring when your phone is stationary to track how many hours
you sleep.

*U.S. PATENT NO. 9,369,983*

Douglas Schuler
douglas at
Twitter: @doug_schuler

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