Facebook follow-up

Two pieces from the NY Times following the latest Facebook privacy pas de deux: After Stumbling, Facebook Finds a Working Eraser and One Friend Facebook Hasn’t Made Yet: Privacy Rights. The latter discusses identity management, the ways in which we choose to reveal aspects of ourselves to the world. The former provides a template for almost every news story about Facebook in the past year, all of which could have begun with “After Stumbling . . .”

7 thoughts on “Facebook follow-up”

  1. The article quotes, “No one should have personal data stored or shared without their informed, active consent. If they still want to tell the world — including job interviewers and employers — about their wild weekends, they’re on their own.”

    What is active consent? Isn’t making a facebook or a myspace with the knowledge that other people can see it consenting to display what you choose to write to whoever stumbles upon your page? You have the option to make facebook and myspace private or friends only, so technically if you don’t chose this option, you are consenting to have your information shared.

    As for the Beacon application…I think that is crossing the privacy line. Facebook should not track anything outside of facebook, let alone tell people about your activities.

  2. Mr Cohen makes a valid point in that social network websites should maximize the choice of privacy settings for their users, however entities such as Facebook already do so, and more often than not its stated on the home page.

    Individuals need to take better action on his/her own behalf when it comes to putting out information on such sites, simple as that.

  3. Although people might sometimes find unsolicited information amusing and it might be lucrative for companies, but it is not the right way to market company products.I feel that users should definately have an option of choosing if they want to share information regarding their purchases and with whom. They should be able to opt out of beacon at will.I also feel that users should be more cautious of the information that they put up on such public sites if they don’t want to share it with everyone and take the responsibility of constantly updating their privacy settings.

  4. Facebook continues to get privacy wrong before it gets it right, and it only gets it right when users force it to do the right thing. It shares an irreconciliable conflict with most social networking sites in that Facebook considers itself the owner of all of the content which users create. In an ideal privacy world users would not have to opt-out of intrusive policies, but a social networking site that does not gather its users personal data will have less value in the marketplace.

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