Facebook Offers Free Wi-Fi But Some Won't Be Happy About What They Want in Return

Jenny Erikson Say What!?

Facebook and networking giant Cisco just got together, and now they want to offer you free Wi-Fi while you shop in exchange for information about your shopping and social habits.

I’m not exactly sure of the nitty-gritty details, but it looks like you’re able to access free Wi-Fi on your mobile device, tablet, laptop, etc., just by checking in on Facebook.

Cisco says it’s a “connected mobile experience,” or CMX for short, and is being tested in shops, hotels, restaurants, and other public areas around the world.

It added:

This solution, coined CMX for Facebook Wi-Fi, helps improve the consumer experience, provides a quick and simple way for consumers to access Wi-Fi by checking in on Facebook, and gives businesses more opportunities to connect with their customers.

Ok, I know I’m supposed to be all up in arms about my privacy on Facebook, but really, everything I want to keep private, I keep off of Facebook. But for things I like connecting with other people about, I’ll throw it out there -- even checking in at fun places.

Now they want to give me free Wi-Fi to do the same thing I was doing before, and also on top of that, I might get coupons or special offers or something because they’re “tracking” me? Done.

Would you check in on Facebook for free Wi-Fi?


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