Have You Read the New Facebook Privacy Rules… Again??

Friday, May 18, 2012

Theresa Payton

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It feels like Groundhog day!  I think it wasn’t that long ago that Facebook updated their privacy settings and we encourage you to read them.  

Well, after a review with the Irish privacy board, Facebook has completed another round of changes.  

Are they good changes for us or Facebook?  That’s what you really want to know!

Well, it’s a little bit of both and a lot of people find the timing very interesting.  The Irish Privacy board did a review, Facebook has their IPO coming up, so what does all this mean? 

Cyber expert Theresa Payton isn’t impressed.  In fact, she thinks we should all speak up about our privacy concerns to Facebook.    

Read the Privacy Statement:

1.  Caution:  There is a lot to read.

2.  YOUR Data Storage:  No commitment as to how short or long they keep your data on file:  "as long as it is necessary to provide services."

3.  Your Data is Public:  Your cover photo and gender are considered PUBLIC information - it does not matter how tight your privacy settings are.  You can “hide” your gender in timeline but it will be passed to advertisers.  Great quote from the policy:  “If you’re uncomfortable with making your profile pictures or cover photos public, you can always delete them.”

4.  They know your location:  And they confirm what they grab whenever you connect to Facebook:  “We receive data from the computer, mobile phone or other device you use to access Facebook. This may include your IP address, location, the type of browser you use, or the pages you visit.”

WEB RESOURCES:

Facebook Memo to Members from Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer, Policy:  

Explanation of Changes:

Cookies:

Data Use Policy:

Facebook is accepting feedback until May 18, 2012.  You can submit comments by following these links.  Additional languages are available on the Facebook site:

Theresa is also the co-author of the new book “Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online?” available in bookstores, libraries, and online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million and Google Play.

Cross-posted from Fortalice

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Bev Robb Thanks for posting this Theresa - we all need to remain aware of privacy issues on Facebook. Have a great weekend!
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Sal Tuzzo I am planning to dump Facebook this weekend when I clear all the data etc and terminate the account.

There is a pool going around as when will they demand a yearly fee for membership then the majority of the under 21 will drop off and go somewhere else that is free.

Then the stocks will dwindle away.
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