Hover over your contacts to discover more information
How many times have you sifted through emails wondering if any of them were relevant? While there are several apps on the market that highlight your contacts; what does that really tell you? A new app, Connect6°, has a different approach. It is a bit like LinkedIn-acquired plugin Rapportive, but more social.
Connect6° is actually two services in one: PeopleDiscovery and PeopleSearch. PeopleDiscovery is a browser extension, currently for Chrome, which displays contact and professional details about a person, including picture, title, skills, links to their social profiles, and contact information; a real-time bio with a single click. PeopleSearch is a search engine to help you find business prospects and job candidates, based on keywords embedded in their social profiles.
When you download the browser extension, you will begin to see a small “Connect6° beacon” beside your social profile contacts and cloud-based email accounts. You can see the beacon on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, GitHub, Quora, Outlook.com, and Hootsuite, as well. You can also see a complete social graph, highlighting the contacts between you and the person you choose. By highlighting this information, you can see which contacts you have the most in common with and expand your networking net even further.
But there’s a hitch:
There are a few items regarding security that need to be clearer: first, they state, “we may transfer the personal information we collect about you to countries other than the country in which the information originally was collected. Those countries may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you initially provided the information.” This seems to be saying, they are selling your information and cannot guarantee its safety. But, if you put the information on your public social networking profile, it is already being used and shared. Also, there are no clear options on how you can “opt-out” of these connections.
While the networking benefits are beneficial to maintaining and understanding your contacts, it would be nice to have the option to “opt-out” of certain parts; especially the sharing of phone numbers and email addresses. Again, if these options were clearer, you may be able to control what is shared through Connect6° simply by restricting access to these details in your own social networking profiles.
UPDATE: Vik Kashyap, CEO of Connect6° addressed some of the concerns mentioned above:
Concerns about data sharing between countries: “We may transfer the personal information we collect about you to countries other than the country in which the information originally was collected. Those countries may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you initially provided the information.” This is actually pretty standard stuff in a number of privacy policies, especially those that do business (or are planning to do business in the EU). You will find similar terminology in the privacy statements of Instagram, UPS and NetFlix. It was not written to enable us to sell your information (which we have no intention of doing). Instead it was written to help us conform to EU privacy regulations should we decide to expand into Europe. This terminology also allows us to keep your data safe by storing it in geographically-disparate data centers in the (unlikely) event of a system crash.
“If you would like us to remove information you submitted to Connect6° (i.e., your email address), you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. You may also communicate your request by mail by using the contact information at the end of this Privacy Notice. Once we have received your request, we will act upon the request.”
As an added note, Connect6° collects much of its information about people from public-facing websites (including the big social and professional networks). We recommend to our users that the best way to avoid having their information found by our search engine (or any other search engine) is to contact the operator of the website that contains the original source(s) of the information and ask for the operator to remove the displayed information from the web. We will follow suit.
I hope this helps. Privacy and data protection are really important to us, so I wanted to set the record straight and provide some additional clarification.