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"It's pretty gross to learn that your identity is getting treated like a commodity that's for sale," she said."It makes you feel a bit small and powerless."Dating sites often include the right to share or on-sell client data as part of the terms and conditions of starting an account.If you do an image search and the person’s photo appears under several different names, you’re probably dealing with a scammer.And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off.For one woman, 'Rosie' — who wished to remain anonymous — her file included her age, contact details, place of employment and photographs.The file also noted that while she did not have children, she would like some in the future.This case is a classic example of how our data is being sold around the world without our knowledge, according to Katina Michael, a professor in computing and information technology at the University of Wollongong."There are companies that are scraping people's data of all types — dating is quite obtrusive — and consumers do not understand what is possible with sophisticated data-scraping algorithms," Professor Michael said.The companies that accumulate and combine this information are known as data brokers.
Don't let yourselves be tricked into thinking these con artists are sincere.The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.The ABC's PM program bought the data as part of an investigation into data privacy.Sarah, a 27-year-old woman whose data was also included with the purchase, said the she was concerned about safety after learning her data was available for sale.