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Photo Scanning Reviews: What People Are Saying About ScanMyPhotos

Reviews: What People Are Saying About

ScanMyPhotos Corporate Headquarters 1 - Photo Scanning Reviews: What People Are Saying About ScanMyPhotosRunning and navigating a business is tough. But, the best way to identify how you are doing is to ask. At ScanMyPhotos, feedback is critical.

We want to hear the good and bad. A principal reason for our 28-years in business is to constantly seek out input and find out how we are helping people across the world digitize their pictures. Below is a sampling of real customers sharing their feedback. Thank you for all who replied and shared yScanMyPhotos.comLogo 300x100 - Photo Scanning Reviews: What People Are Saying About ScanMyPhotosour comments. We listen, learn and constantly modernize our business based on your feedback. We are so fortunate to have you as part of the ScanMyPhoto’s experience and family.

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NEWS: $6.2 Billion Settlement Win, Statement by ScanMyPhotos

Welcome. Some personal news that is now national. If you’ve been following our advocacy over the past 13-years as we led the challenge against the banks and credit card companies over their fees, it is over. Details follow on the $6.2 billion merchant interchange fees settlement.

Visa, Mastercard $6.2 Billion Settlement Announced Corporate Headquarters in Irvine, CAThis multi-billion dollar victory involved many and will help millions. Just as Neil Armstrong’s giant leap was much more than about one person. His legacy was forged from decades of toil by many. This moment captures a similar degree of celebration. It embraces the shared lesson that one person with an idea to advocate on behalf of every American business and consumer can create profound changes. Together, many helped fix a broken system and recover billions of dollars for millions of class members.

The justification for credit card fees had become as antiquated as the technology used by the Apollo lunar mission. Those 1960’s designed manual credit card imprinters and thick carbon copy receipts where the basis for merchant interchange fees. What used to be fee-based became greed-based. Just as rotary-dial pay phones turned into smartphones, and Apollo morphed into SpaceX, this settlement is also a giant leap towards a fair payment system.

IMG 4107 - NEWS: $6.2 Billion Settlement Win, Statement by ScanMyPhotos When, as a lead plaintiff, filed the federal litigation against the banks and credit card companies back in 2005, our concerns targeted price-fixing and anti-competitive credit card merchant fees. We knew antitrust cases can go on for many years and require extraordinary efforts. However, we never thought the case would go on for 13-years and result in massive structural transformations to the credit card industry.

Like millions of businesses, we knew there were problems within the credit card industry and aware that in some foreign countries, including Australia, governments had investigated potential anti-competitive activities in the credit card market. Other countries had begun to take steps to regulate that activity.

But, given the different politics in the United States, it was unrealistic to expect that we could persuade the government to step in and regulate interchange fees. This is how the banks take a hefty cut off the top on every credit and debit card transaction.

The fact that ScanMyPhotos was able to do so as part of a lobbying team to persuade Congress to enact the Durbin Amendment—setting limits on debit card interchange rates in 2010—was also a tribute to the hard work by many. Having often traveled to New York City and Washington D.C, our trips substantially raised the profile of this issue on Capitol Hill and with the courts.

IMG 4108 - NEWS: $6.2 Billion Settlement Win, Statement by ScanMyPhotosWhen fellow merchants ask why we included the big banks as defendants in the litigation, we explained that once caught, the infamous bank robber, Willie Sutton from more than a century ago, was asked by a reporter, “Willie, why do you rob banks? And he replied, “Because that is where the money is.”

The reason we sued the banks along with Visa and MasterCard was we knew that the payment card networks, which had been created and controlled by the banks, could never escape from the clutches of the banks unless all faced the same kind of litigation risk that the networks did.

Shortly after the litigation commenced, Visa and Mastercard separated from the banks by going public. Both formed an independent board of directors. Prior, the same banks controlled both and fixed prices between the two card associations, which were effectively one.

On Tuesday, a $6.2 billion settlement was reached. Follow along as updates occur.

A sampling of news profiles and prior media insights:

Digital Transactions
Los Angeles Times
Yahoo News
Bloomberg News
Inc Magazine

Now, back to scanning pictures.


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Why Not to Upload Pictures to Facebook

[updated September 20, 2018]

ScanMyPhotos Corporate Headquarters 1 - Why Not to Upload Pictures to FacebookWhat are the hidden costs of a “free” Facebook? Is Facebook hacking into your life from the pictures you uploaded?

Remember when the biggest news was the prior Facebook scandal that escalated to 87 million compromised users? Then, so much more. Until the growing privacy concerns are resolved, ScanMyPhotos urges against uploading pictures to Facebook. Since this original post, even more chaos has ensued.

fb3 300x199 - Why Not to Upload Pictures to FacebookWe were rooting for Facebook, the social networking company, but they lost our trust and must restore its forfeited trust with an impenetrable fix to all data breaches.

Until then, is urging all, including its worldwide customers who had pictures digitized to delete them from Facebook.

We want answers to these concerns:

  • Does Facebook retain the metadata from your uploaded pictures, even though it is not included within the content of your pictures?
  • How are machine-learning algorithms used to classify the objects in all the billions of uploaded pictures by its users each day, as they make photos searchable? Is it used to monetize your characteristics as described by the content of your photographs?
  • How are they gathering the content of your pictures?
  • Since they are not just happily accepting all the uploaded pictures without charge, what is in it for Facebook? The value proposition?
  • Does Facebook agree that the uploaded content from photographs may be even more sensitive than what is contained within a post?
  • How is Facebook analyzing the photo subject’s facial structure and creating a unique “faceprint?”
  • How is Facebook interpreting every picture, using it biometric capabilities to learn everything about its users?

Other problems include monitoring all the advertisements you click. Knowing your personal profile. All the IP addresses you have and visited, Knowing your friend’s data. All your posted and shared activities. Knowing which pictures you tagged and those mages that you are tagged within. After ScanMyPhotos digitizes pictures, and Facebook’s users upload it, that is when the real breach may occur.


From John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” HBO series: “Facebook’s global expansion has been linked to political turmoil overseas, so maybe their ads should focus less on how they ‘connect the world’ and more on why connecting people isn’t always the best idea.”

The hidden ways Facebook is tracking every user:

JULY 26, 2018 update via Recode:

Facebook’s second-quarter results revealed that it is no longer growing in the U.S. and Canada, its most valuable geographic region; shares dropped nearly 20 percent in after-hours trading and will likely fall this morning when the market opens. The social media giant added just 22 million new daily active users worldwide, its lowest increase since at least early 2011. Facebook has been hampered by scandal after scandal for the past 18 months, but until now, it hasn’t seen an impact on user growth or revenue.

Founded in 1990, ScanMyPhotos, based in Irvine, Calif. has digitized more than 600 million pictures. As longtime advocates on important consumer and social issues, the company is urging every Facebook user to delete their account and not upload any pictures. However, we are supportive of Facebook regarding how it tags photographs.

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ScanMyPhotos is an unaffiliated content provider for all photo-sharing app innovators, including the behemoth Facebook platform. Yet, the photographic data that was digitized, then uploaded may become a doormat for data breaches. Will it be used by advertisers who wield the market power to control content, often without any awareness by Facebook’s unsuspecting users? Another looming issue is the tagging of photos without users’ consent.

Cambridge Analytica LLC, the British-based data mining company accused of exploiting and improperly obtaining personal information from upwards of 87 million Facebook users underscores an alarming practice. With $40 billion in 2017 advertising revenues, Facebook is everywhere and boasts 2 billion monthly users. One-quarter of all people use the platform which leads to lots of eyeballs, yet may be unsecured from fraud and misappropriating content shared by its users.

“Protecting the privacy of customers is the core of everything we do at ScanMyPhotos, yet Facebook let us and every user down. As loyalist advocates, we had recommended people upload their newly digitized pictures to post and share on Facebook,” said Mitch Goldstone, President & CEO of the e-commerce photo digitization service.

fbpic2 300x199 - Why Not to Upload Pictures to FacebookAs Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to appear at a House Committee hearing on April 11 to discuss data privacy, we have a question.   Does Facebook keep the metadata information from all the uploaded pictures? if so, is this another privacy issue and opportunity for more data breaches?  Do they market and sell this information?

Ever since its epic data breach, we have been troubled. They indirectly built our business — most of the 500 million pictures digitized by ScanMyPhotos were uploaded by customers to the Facebook platform. As one of Facebook’s first loyalist advocates — they spotlighted the need to digitize old photos to upload — now it’s principles over profits. While Facebook does filter out EXIF and geotagging data when users upload pictures as part of its data retention, is all that private metadata coding information still retained by them? If so, what does Facebook do with it?

Among the officially posted Facebook data policies are:

  • Things you do and information you provide. We collect the content and other information you provide when you use our Services, including when you sign up for an account, create or share, and message or communicate with others. This can include information in or about the content you provide, such as the location of a photo or the date a file was created. We also collect information about how you use our Services, such as the types of content you view or engage with or the frequency and duration of your activities.

The problem with Facebook goes beyond making sure this does not happen again. It must be regulated, just as all other advertising is, and they must also lead with an “honest ads act” transparency law.

Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg in Cambridge, MA, the CEO said: “privacy issues have always been incredibly important to people. One of our biggest responsibilities is to protect data.”

In response, Goldstone explained that “the social-media advertising company’s market power and priorities are misguided, as privacy must be their single biggest imperative. This is why they are now embroiled in this historic controversy. Facebook’s unsuspecting users are just the product, as the advertisers have become the customers.”

Few ever read or understand the legal terms of service contract prior to hypnotically clicking to approve. What happens to the uploaded pictures? Will a forensic audit of the firm reveal whether not just users’ background information, but their content and pictures may have been exploited and breached?

fb2 300x200 - Why Not to Upload Pictures to FacebookWhile Mr. Zuckerberg agrees to rectify the lost trust, he hasn’t “seen a meaningful number of people act on that [Delete Facebook campaign].” ScanMyPhotos hopes to get on their radar along with millions of others to create a movement to help restore trust. However, the advertising-supported business model, where users are the product is broken. According to Brian X. Chen, lead consumer technology writer for The New York Times, deleting Facebook is just the beginning as they own many other apps which are under its umbrella, including WhatsApp and Instagram. Closing your account may take days to process. For many, especially businesses, it is not so easy to delete Facebook as it has become a primary means to conduct commerce.

From an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Deepa Seetharaman: Zuckerberg says the Facebook probe into apps won’t uncover all data abuse and the company will investigate tens of thousands of apps; describing the probe as a ‘deterrent’ rather than a solution.  The correct answer is Facebook must create an impenetrable fix to guarantee a 100% solution. There are also easy ways to download and protect your Facebook data. This overview by NBC News’ Senior Business Reporter, Ben Popken explains how to copy your Facebook data and prevents apps from sharing your information.

FBad 259x300 - Why Not to Upload Pictures to FacebookIn a 2009 interview with the BBC’s Laura Trevelyan, when asked “so just to be clear, you’re not going to sell, or share, any of the information,” Zuckerberg replied: “the person who’s putting the content on Facebook always owns it… This is their information and they own it. What the terms say is just, we’re not going to share people’s information.”
 Corporate Headquarters 300x225 - Why Not to Upload Pictures to FacebookThe Zuckerberg “I’m sorry” apology tour just does not cut it. This problem occurred three years ago.

Until their public responsibility is resolved and trust restored, ScanMyPhotos presses upon users to #DeleteFacebook.

BONUS: It is nearly magic as we digitize upwards of 300,000 each day. Here is how our banks of professional photo digitizing equipment scans your photos this quickly from our Irvine, Calif headquarters. Click to watch


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