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Starting today, I'm making some changes to how I deal with information on facebook. If you're curious as to why, please take a look at this article from Danny Sullivan about the most recent privacy changes.

In addition to locking down my settings, I'm also uninstalling all applications and ignoring requests for additional apps. I've always been a bit leery of Facebook apps, because you couldn't have granular control of their privacy settings. Now, you can't control it at all. If you're running an app, it basically has root on your account.

Sure hope you like sales calls on your cellphone. Prior buisness relationship? Why, facebook, of course.

I've never been a heavy facebook user, and this kind of shenanigans makes me tempted to ditch the service entirely. For now, I'm just going to lock it down, though I may change my mind later. You may want to take a long look at your settings as well.

Date: 2009-12-14 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kadaria.livejournal.com
I think it's always been a security risk to privacy though. Same with things like myspace. My mom has been busting people at her job for "inappropriate internet access on school time" by having me set up an account for her and just looking at people's walls (which conveniently date and time things for you :P). Even just last night one of my vets was telling me about two people he knew in school; one tried to get the other kicked out of vet school based on things the other had posted on her wall. Lawyers and the dean were involved. Even in college we had an RA bust students for underage drinking because they had posted pictures of them doing it on facebook, which also has their birthdays listed.

This "new breach" doesn't surprise me at all and is why I only have three apps that will soon be disabled anyway (using ART, bookshelf and a WoW character one but they haven't updated at all). BTW my last unsolicited call was from the US Army but I think that had more to do with my brother in law playing a trick on me than my facebook.

Date: 2009-12-16 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celebdu.livejournal.com
I don't really understand why people are getting upset over this now... it's not like it's anything new. Privacy has of course always been a big issue on facebook... and, in fact, on every other service where you share information. It is, after all, how facebook makes its money. And there's always been a trade-off between privacy and convenience.

Actually, I think one of the reasons FB was more successful than other similar SNS's is cuz it has always defaulted to more restrictive privacy controls than other sites... others usually defaulted to everything world viewable... it's a different mentality. And while I agree of course that there are serious privacy concerns still w/ FB (and, you know, google!), I'm not convinced FB's latest changes were for the worse... I think they actually notified a lot of people for the first time that there ARE privacy settings.

Also, I have a problem w/ Danny Sullivan's comment from that article:
"I don’t have time for this." (referring to adjusting all the privacy settings)... then don't use it! It's a site for sharing your information! Adjusting privacy settings is an important part of doing that.

ok, done ranting. I mean I'm really not trying to belittle privacy concerns.. I talk abt privacy concerns very frequently w/ people and I think it's a very important issue. I just don't see why people are so surprised at this.


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