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Facebook user auctions personal data on eBay for 99 cents, and bids float: ‘Sell it to advertisers or whatever’

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A Facebook user discovered how valuable personal data can be when he auctioned his social media history on eBay this week. The bid started at 99 cents and climbed to almost $400 before it was turned off by the e-commerce site a day later.

Oli Frost, writer and developer from the united kingdom, encouraged people to buy his personal information on Monday, each of whom wants to, to post and comment he is since 16 years old; his listed interests, friends list, invitations to events and a family tree, among other things.

“Everyone is making money from it, so why would I not? Sell to advertisers or whatever you want,” Frost said in a blog post detailing the sale.

He had only one rule: not to steal his identity.

I put all my personal data on eBay. Link in the bio.

A post shared by Oli Frost (@realolifrost) on May 28, 2018 at 4:36am PDT

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The bidding was supposed to close on June 3, in which the Prince said that he would be the lucky winner of a flash drive of all data, downloaded via the Facebook data export tool under account settings. He was going to donate the profits to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit digital rights group.

Within 24 hours, Frost reached a total of 44 bidders and earned a minimum of almost $400 for the advertisement was removed on Tuesday for violating Facebook’s terms of service.

Everyone is making money from it so why wouldn’t I? Last offer before they are caught.

A post shared by Oli Frost (@realolifrost) on May 29, 2018 at 12:07 PDT

“Your listing is the sale of an account for Facebook, which is not allowed if the most social networking companies have restrictions in their terms of service that restrict the artificial boosting of any other member, of the following or popularity, or the sale of accounts, with established constituencies,” eBay explained in a message to Frost, according to Gizmodo. “Given the fact that eBay as a company has decided to not allow entries that would facilitate or promote this type of activity. While we appreciate that you have chosen to make use of our site, we ask you that you please not re-offering this type of service.”

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“My mistake, I was under the impression, I had my personal data”.

– Oli Frost

The prince was shocked when he was told that he could not control his own information, in particular on the occasion of a scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that works on the then-candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The now closed group got their hands on the personal data of 87 million Facebook users. At a tech conference earlier this week, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said the social network is still not sure what data Cambridge Analytica open.

“My mistake, I was under the impression, I had my personal information,” Frost comments on his website.

Facebook has more than 2 billion monthly active users, is depending on the users spending large amounts of time on the service, which about 90 percent are supported by advertising revenue.

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According to a recent survey it was found that the majority of the Facebook users in the U.S. continue to make use of the social media platform, despite the data breach. In fact, approximately 75 percent of Facebook users said that they use “more” or “that’s not how I used it,” a Reuters/Ipsos poll released in May revealed.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this report.

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