Concerned about facebook Privacy?

  • The social and moral panic over facebook seems to never end. Considering that now 7 million Australians, that’s a third of us, are subscribers it is not surprising that there are some issues and safety worries. However, considering its size, there are actually very few really bad things that have happened there. If 7 milion of us were out in a public place together you could be sure there would be far more actual danger.

There is danger in all human transactions, but at least in the online world we can limit our exposure to the dangerous. We can do that by use of the available tools out there. And if you can’t manage the privacy settings on social media websites, maybe you shouldn’t be on social media.
But anyway, luckily there is now a service for facebook users that will do it for you at: http://www3.untangle.com/saveface

Update

facebook has redone its privacy settings so there should not be the problems that some users were worried about.

The founder of facebook in a piece for the Washington Post  has also stated:

Here are the principles under which Facebook operates:

  • You have control over how your information is shared.
  • We do not share your personal information with people or services you don’t want.
  • We do not give advertisers access to your personal information.
  • We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone.
  • We will always keep Facebook a free service for everyone.

The problem of what to share and how to share it is resolved as far as facebook is concerned. The responsibility of how you use your content and who you choose to share it with is yours. As in anything reasonable precautions need to be taken.

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2 thoughts on “Concerned about facebook Privacy?

  1. The worries over facebook privacy continue http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/7741315/More-than-half-of-Facebook-users-could-quit-the-site-over-privacy-worries.html

    While security companies, who have an economic interest in techno fear are gloating, I am wondering about whether people will actually leave facebook. People are on facebook to connect easily with other people (that they know) is there another platform that people can go to, that does not use data like facebook?

    People should maybe realise there is a trade off in everything, and if you don’t like the terms then don’t use the service. In the real world, facebook provides you with a free platform to host your content, obviously it will want to leverage some of that content to earn an income. Personally I would prefer Zuckerberg had my details than the state.

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