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Cyber Police Says Facebook Users Targets of Behavioural Profiling

Yesterday the director of cyber police centre commented about Facebook users that they are, “Fodder or cattle being herded and harvested for their behavioural profile generated by their activity.”

David Vaile made these remarks in relation to a survey conducted by a computer security company that discovered that 89 percent children face threat, harassment and humiliation on the Internet, particularly on the social networks like Facebook.

The research was carried out by European-based computer security company Bitdefender. This research revealed that 11 to 15 year old children are the most vulnerable group as they tend to spend three to five hours a day in the “connected” environment.

Vaile showing his concern over this said that children and young people need to develop in their online behaviour “information chastity and a respect for other people” reports The Daily Telegraph (opens in new tab).

In this interesting survey, 1740 parents from US, UK, Germany, Spain and Australia participated and more than 50 percent of the parents said that their children get “very affected” by cyberbullying.

However, yesterday Facebook launched the Stop Bullying: Speak Up Social Pledge. At the launch in US, Facebook Vice President-US Public Policy Joel Kaplan said, "We believe we have a shared responsibility to educate both parents and teens about safety and it's a responsibility that we embrace.”

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.