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Web is an open book where it's all too easy to leave secrets exposed

Published 17/06/2014 | 02:30

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THERE'S a feature on Facebook that many people will never have heard of. It's called Graph Search. And it's a profiler's dream.

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It reveals what an Irish Facebook user (more than half the population now) 'likes', where he or she lives, workplace details and who he or she say they'll vote for.

Try it yourself. If you enter the query: 'people who live in Dublin and who visited Mountjoy Prison', Facebook returns a limited list of Irish Facebook users who have visited ('checked in' at) the prison. If the query is changed to include: 'and who follow Fianna Fail', you'll get a new list.

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