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There’s No Privacy on Facebook?? Who Knew?

April 28, 2010

Every time Facebook makes changes to their privacy statements or policies people get really irate. I mean REALLY irate, like in this video clip. First there’s the people that are appalled that Facebook would have the nerve to share their private information. (Ahem. You gave it to ’em, how else are they supposed to make money?)

There there are the folks who are appalled that people could be so amazingly stupid to think their information was “just between friends” in the first place.

Finally there are the marketers who get really excited about all that lovely data about to be theirs so they can market to you right where you live. Odds are good they won’t even have to pay that much to get it either. Deleting your account still leaves the information out there on the pages or groups you posted on, your friends’ walls etc.

This post from my friend @PeterCampbell pretty much sums it up. Go read it and tell us what you think.

Here’s what I think
The internet is not a private place. Simple as that. If you don’t want your information shared with the world then don’t put it out there. Facebook is a business and they will use whatever they have at hand to keep growing and make money. So would you if it was your business. Does that make their new changes acceptable? Certainly not. Why? Because they portrayed it as a safe haven and now they’ve switched gears when the majority of their users weren’t looking.

Who knew?
I’m a geek. I live and breathe this stuff for my clients..and… well. because I’m a geek. You’re probably one too. You read blogs like this to stay on top of changes. You probably don’t share things on the internet you don’t want to be public. You’ve probably know this for a long time.

But what about the people who are casual users of sites like Facebook and innocently posted family information or private thoughts on their Facebook pages? They may not be so savvy. So do us all a favor. Share Peter’s post with those people. Share the link to the video below. Help get the word out that if you want something private don’t say it on the internet.

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  1. We all should know that anything you put on the web can never be private, even if Facebook tells you that you have the option to set privacy to some of your information. Some people in your network won't be able to see these private files you have, but did it ever come to your mind that the moderators of Facebook can basically see whatever you put in? Same goes with other websites that makes you put in more sensitive information like, Paypal which is also one thing you use to purchase products you see in Facebook. If you can't resist putting stuff over the internet, just try to limit the things you upload online. It's one safe way of controlling what people can find.

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  2. I didn't post anything untoward on my facebook profile. But… when you couple that with a disgruntled ex or two with access or hacking capabilities, you've got a whole another ball game. While internet or facebook is not to own the blame of THAT disaster, the lax and needlessly complicated privacy rules then contribute to the “spreading” of whatever THAT really is/was. And facebook isn't the only site with such issues.

  3. I can say facebook is simply removing user profiles rights and choices! And it is a challenge to facebook on this Privacy issue! I hope there will be some solution to overcome this!

  4. It seems a lot of people may “cut the cord”. This post from @jperlow on ZDnet says it more eloquently http://bit.ly/d9XPaP (Zuckerpunched!), but I'm not going that far yet. I have always been careful not to put anything online that can't be shared so I'm not as concerned for myself as I am for those who don't get what's happening here.

  5. Well, they are implementing the “Likes” feature on every webpage you visit. You can never get away from FB now. I read on another site that if Andy Warhol once said “Everyone will get their 15 minutes of fame.” Now with FB, “Everyone will have their 15 minutes of privacy.” Honestly, Google has been doing it longer than FB. And FB is out to conquer the world (wide web). I don't like it either. But what can we do? Boycott FB?

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