More privacy changes ahead for Facebook users

Well, it looks like Facebook privacy changes are on the cards again folks! 

Facebook is planning more changes to its privacy policy so it can share your profile details (name, photo, friends list etc) with third-party websites.  Sounds straight forward, right?  Wrong.  Facebook want to “automate” the process.

The new privacy plans were revealed in a post by Michael Richter, who said the changes are necessary to “make way for some exciting new products”.  

He discussed the forthcoming Facebook location features, then detailed the plan to make users information available to a list of websites approved by Facebook themselves.  He then said that the idea of partnering with third-party sites to allow them to offer a “more personalized experience at the moment you visit the site”

These changes are no doubt linked to the recent news that Facebook is trying get external websites to integrate its ‘Like’ button.

However, compared to the previous privacy changes, the feature sharing your details with other websites would be activated automatically and you would need to opt out in order to prevent it.

The last set of Facebook privacy changes scared a lot of users into submission, with many opting to de-activate their accounts, with the possibility that scammers would be able to pinch your profile information at the drop of a hat.

Facebook boss, Mark Zuckerberg has been quoted saying that “privacy is no longer the social norm”.

Lets see what most Facebook users think…??

(via Electric Pig)

    • Carl
    • April 2nd, 2010

    >Facebook boss, Mark Zuckerberg has been quoted saying that “privacy is no longer the social norm”.

    Did he indeed? Got to be honest, I’m not a huge fan. He had a good idea and was lucky that it took off but that doesn’t make him an expert in privacy and the demands of people outside his group of peers.

    The principle is so simple you’d think he could get it – data belongs to the subject (i.e. you and me) and it is their decision as to who has access, how and when. Facebook cannot just presume consent although they will.

    I think this is going to be a problem for many years to come with all manner of online services. The US have a different culture when it comes to data protection and I think younger people here and there are really not aware of the damage that can be done by allowing all and sundry to find out information they have no business knowing.

    Time to reconsider the FB account. Problem is, deactivating does not remove your data from their servers.

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