Thursday, May 20, 2010
Facebook privacy concern expands
by Larry Geller
You’ve probably heard that Facebook has sold its users down the river by gradually changing its privacy policies and then sharing what was previously private user information. Other websites have behaved similarly.
It’s also proven hard to lock down your information on Facebook. Since some related applications share data, each one of them has to be locked down.
Here are two hot-off-the-press articles (it’s a figure of speech…):
Facebook and Others Caught Sending User Data to Advertisers (Mashable.com, 5/20/2010)
The Mashable article is basically a summary of this one, from the Wall Street Journal:
Facebook, MySpace Confront Privacy Loophole (Wall Street Journal, 5/21/2010)
Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers' names and other personal details, despite promises they don't share such information without consent.
Advertising companies were given information that could be used to look up individual profiles, which, depending on the site and the information a user has made public, include such things as a person's real name, age, hometown and occupation.
One thing about private, personal information: it will spread, once you put it out there. And it can’t be put back in the bottle once it’s out.