Absence of user data privacy at FaceBook:
- “Facebook Hubris: “Privacy is No Longer The Norm”” – http://dekhnstan.wordpress.com/2010/05/22/facebook-hubris-%E2%80%9Cprivacy-is-no-longer-the-norm%E2%80%9D/
- … In essence we are told to capitulate our right to privacy to social media websites just because they feel things ought to be so. Of course, the world has changed so did the technology, but that should not be taken to mean we, the consumers, should ply to the for-profit wishes of those so-called “new media gurus.” …
- an insightful comment at user discussion thread “How would you grade Facebook’s handling of users’ privacy?” (The Wall Street Journal, 2010.05.21) – http://online.wsj.com/community/groups/privacy-law-280/topics/how-would-you-grade-facebooks:
Keep in mind, the CEO is still a punk. I don’t care how smart he may be, how much real-life experience and business experience could Zuckerberg really have? Do you expect him to be looking out for your best interests? Not a chance. He’s just another Silicon Valley huckster out to make money on YOUR information.
I’ve been on FB for about 1.5 years now and I’ve always been skeptical about how good their privacy is. Consequently, I don’t do ANY Facebook apps. No matter which app you choose, they all require complete access to not only MY information but also to any of my FRIEND’S information. It’s one thing to give access for me, but I can’t abide by compromising my friend’s info.
Keep in mind FB users: when you friend someone on FB, not only do they have access to all of your posts, but they also have access to any posts that your friends put on your wall. And…if your friends have “light” privacy settings, all sorts of insights could be gained by anyone about you or your friends.
- “Facebook, MySpace Confront Privacy Loophole” (WSJ.com, 2010.05.21) – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704513104575256701215465596.html
Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers’ names and other personal details, despite promises they don’t share such information without consent.
… Most social networks haven’t bothered to obscure user names or ID numbers from their Web addresses, said Craig Wills, a professor of computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, who has studied the issue.
The sites may have been breaching their own privacy policies as well as industry standards, which say sites shouldn’t share and … See Moreadvertisers shouldn’t collect personally identifiable information without users’ permission. Those policies have been put forward by advertising and Internet companies in arguments against the need for government regulation. …
… For most social-networking sites, the data identified the profile being viewed but not necessarily the person who clicked on the ad or link. But Facebook went further than other sites, in some cases signaling which user name or ID was clicking on the ad as well as the user name or ID of the page being viewed. By seeing what ads a user clicked on, an advertiser could tell something about a user’s interests. …
…”If you are looking at your profile page and you click on an ad, you are telling that advertiser who you are,”…
- “Facebook mulls U-turn on privacy” (BBC News, 2010.05.19) – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10125260.stm
- Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life. Whether you want to or not. – http://youropenbook.org/
# What has Facebook done wrong?
1) Facebook has made two clear mistakes here. First, they do not do a good job of indicating how public each piece of information you share on the site will be.
2) Second, they change the rules far too often. If you understood Facebook’s privacy settings two years ago (or even six months ago) that information would be worse than useless with today’s bewildering settings.
# How can I tell what information Facebook is sharing about me?
There is a project here to make this information clear: http://www.rabidgremlin.com/fbprivacy/. However be warned that it does require that you trust the author of that project.
- “Mark Zuckerberg’s birthday present: Facebook in crisis” (The Daily Maverick, 2010.05.16) – http://www.thedailymaverick.co.za/article/2010-05-13-mark-zuckerbergs-birthday-present-facebook-in-crisis
- “Fear” (2010.05.16) – http://ep5weblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/fear/
- “If you have nothing to hide from Facebook, you have nothing to fear from Facebook .”
– from an official Facebook press release
- “Facebook controlling my data” (the war blog, 2010.05.16)- http://ravmania.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/facebook-controlling-my-data/
- “Are Facebook users revolting, or are they revolting?” by Justin
(2010.05.15) – http://drinkchatpolicy.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/are-facebook-users-revolting-or-are-they-revolting/
- “[ NNSquad ] “Openbook” site lets you search Facebook for embarrassing public information” by Lauren Weinstein (nnsquad mail list, 2010.05.14) – http://www.nnsquad.org/archives/nnsquad/msg03623.html
- “Facebook downplays privacy crisis meeting” by Maggie Shiels
(BBC News, 2010.05.14) – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8681730.stm
- “Farewell to Facebook, at least for now” by Jason Clarke (Download Squad, 2010.05.13)
- … If Facebook was a person, it would be one who can’t keep a secret and talks about you behind your back. …
- “Facebook privacy settings ‘unacceptable'” (BBC news, 2010.05.13) – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8681781.stm
- “Open Facebook Alternatives Gain Momentum, $115K” by Ryan Singel (Wired, 2010.05.13) – http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/05/facebook-open-alternative/
- Diaspora – the privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all distributed open source social network – http://joindiaspora.com/
- “Facebook Issues Statement On Latest Zuckerberg IM And Company Attitude Toward Privacy”
by Nicholas Carlson (Business Insider, 2010.05.13) – http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-comments-on-zuckerbergs-damning-ims-2010-5
- “Well, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won’t Help Facebook’s Privacy Problems” by Nicholas Carlson (Business Insider, 2010.05.13) – http://www.businessinsider.com/well-these-new-zuckerberg-ims-wont-help-facebooks-privacy-problems-2010-5
- “How to Quit Facebook Without Actually Quitting Facebook” by Whitson Gordon (LifeHacker) – http://lifehacker.com/5538697/how-to-quit-facebook-without-actually-quitting-facebook
- [NNSquad] KNX: “Think Before You Friend!” — How Facebook Can Seriously Bite, by Lauren Weinstein (2010.05.13) – http://www.nnsquad.org/archives/nnsquad/msg03619.html
- L.A. newsradio station KNX has been running a series on how various entities — real estate agents, landlords, banks, and other financial institutions, are using the data they find on Facebook to make decisions about real-world matters with tremendous impact on individual lives. Say too much, and you might get burned. Look like you’re too private, and they might think you’re hiding something.
- KNX 10.70 radio: “Think Before You Friend!” series – http://www.knx1070.com/Think-Before-You-Friend-/7039908:
- Think Before You Friend! – Episode 1 – http://18.104.22.168/knx/2381797.mp3
- Can a bank decide to offer you a special loan package because of your Tweets on Twitter? Can a landlord reject you because of your pictures on Facebook? The answer to both questions is YES. KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman has been investigating this brave, new
- Think Before You Friend! – Episode 2 – http://22.214.171.124/knx/2381800.mp3
- It’s not just advertisers combing social networking sites for information about all of us–increasingly, lending institutions are, too. KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman has been investigating.
- Think Before You Friend! – Episode 3 – http://126.96.36.199/knx/2381805.mp3
- Social networking reveals a lot about us…but is it too much? And, just how are financial institutions and others taking advantage of this information? KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman has been investigating.
- Think Before You Friend! – Episode 4 – http://188.8.131.52/knx/2381806.mp3
- Your latest Facebook friend just might be a banker checking you out for a loan. And what he finds on your social networking sites could make a big difference. KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman has been investigating:
- Think Before You Friend! – Erica Sandberg Raw Interview – http://184.108.40.206/knx/2381826.mp3
- KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman talks with Erica Sandberg, financial expert, creditcard.com
- Think Before You Friend! – Jeff Chester Raw Interview – http://220.127.116.11/knx/2381827.mp3
- KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman talks with Jeff Chester, Executive director, Center for Digital Democracy, Washington, D.C.
- Think Before You Friend! – Jesse Torres Raw Interview – http://18.104.22.168/knx/2381830.mp3
- KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman talks with Jesse Torress, President, Pan American Bank, Los Angeles
- Think Before You Friend! – Rob Garcia Raw Interview – http://22.214.171.124/knx/2381834.mp3
- KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman talks with Rob Garcia, LendingClub.com
- Think Before You Friend! – Joel Jewitt Raw Interview – http://126.96.36.199/knx/2381837.mp3
- KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman talks with Joel Jewitt, Vice-President, Rapleaf, San Francisco
- Think Before You Friend! – John Ford Raw Interview – http://188.8.131.52/knx/2381839.mp3
- KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman talks with John Ford, Boston real estate agent
- Think Before You Friend! – Linda Sherry Raw Interview – http://184.108.40.206/knx/2381841.mp3
- KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman talks with Linda Sherry, Consumer Action, Washington, D.C. consumer watchdog group
- “The Big Game, Zuckerberg and Overplaying your Hand” (The Jason Calacanis Weblog blog) – http://calacanis.com/2010/05/12/the-big-game-zuckerberg-and-overplaying-your-hand/
- 1. FourSquare was Zucked when Facebook stole their check-in feature.
- 2. Twitter was Zucked when Facebook stole their public facing profiles.
- 3. Facebook users got Zucked when the site flipped their privacy
setting–three different times!
- 4. The co-founder of Facebook was allegedly Zucked when he was kicked out of the company he helped found.
- 5. The founders of ConnectU got Zucked when he allegedly screwed them over by not delivering their social network and then launching Facebook at the same time–and joked about it!
- 6. Harvard reporters reportedly got Zucked when Mark hacked their accounts to try and stop a negative story/investigation about him.
Who’s been Zucked and how? Let’s take a look back:
- “Facebook’s Open Disdain For Privacy” by John Gapper (Business Insider, 2010.05.12) – http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-zuckerberg-has-recently-been-displaying-a-disregard-bordering-on-disdain-for-facebook-users-privacy-2010-5
- “10 Things to Remember About Facebook Privacy and Security” by Don Reisinger (eWeek, 2010.05.10) – http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Cloud-Computing/10-Things-to-Remember-About-Facebook-Privacy-and-Security-495804/
- 1. There are privacy concerns
- 2. There are holes
- 3. Others can only get what they’re offered
- 4. Children have no place on Facebook
- 5. Facebook’s privacy settings are actually useful
- 6. The Web isn’t the place to share sensitive information
- 7. Sometimes privacy isn’t best for a social network
- 8. The alternatives aren’t any better
- 9. Some privacy is gone forever
- 10. It’s easy to blame Facebook
- “Facebook’s Gone Rogue; It’s Time for an Open Alternative” by Ryan Singel (Wired, 2010.05.07) – http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/05/facebook-rogue/
- “Facebook Glitch Exposed Private Chats” by JESSICA E. VASCELLARO (The Wall Street Journal; 2010.05.05) – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703961104575226314165586910.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read#
- How to Delete Your Facebook Account with Extreme Prejudice (and a Bit of Style) – http://bit.ly/fb-privacy-with-style (YouTube)
- “Top Ten Reasons You Should Quit Facebook” by Dan Yoder (GizModo) – http://gizmodo.com/5530178/
- 10. Facebook’s Terms Of Service are completely one-sided
- 9. Facebook’s CEO has a documented history of unethical behavior
- 8. Facebook has flat out declared war on privacy
- 7. Facebook is pulling a classic bait-and-switch
- 6. Facebook is a bully
- 5. Even your private data is shared with applications
- 4. Facebook is not technically competent enough to be trusted
- 3. Facebook makes it incredibly difficult to truly delete your account
- 2. Facebook doesn’t (really) support the Open Web
- 1. The Facebook application itself sucks
- “CAREFUL: Facebook’s New Settings Publish Your Interests, Even If They’re Private” by Nicholas Carlson (Business Insider, 2010.04.03) – http://www.businessinsider.com/careful-facebooks-new-settings-publish-your-interests-even-if-theyre-private-2010-5
- “Erasing Your Digital Tracks on the Web” by Tony Bradley (PcWorld, 2010.05.02) – http://www.pcworld.com/article/195270/xxx.html
We routinely enter personal information at various sites on the Web–and the Internet never forgets. Here are some sound ways to take your data back.
- “Opt-in, everyone’s doing it.” by bwai (The basement Log, 2010.04.30) – http://sbubasement.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/opt-in-everyones-doing-it/
- “Report: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Believe In Privacy” by Eliot Van Buskirk (Wired, 2010.04.28) – http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/04/report-facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-doesnt-believe-in-privacy/
“Off record chat w/ Facebook employee,” begins Bilton’s fateful tweet. “Me: How does Zuck feel about privacy? Response: [laughter] He doesn’t believe in it.”
- “Facebook’s High Pressure Tactics: Opt-in or Else” by Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb, 2010.04.28) – http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/facebooks_high_pressure_tactics_opt-in_or_else.php
But even for those who actually do consider the implications of everything about themselves being made public, they’ll soon encounter another issue. Something that Li didn’t explain in the cheery blog post was what would happen if you refused to link to these new Pages: your profile information will be removed and your profile page will be left empty.
… So what should your takeaway be from all this mess? Look before you link.
In fact, it may be best if you just assume that everything on Facebook will be public from now on and act accordingly.
- “Five ways Facebook should improve user privacy” by Ian Paul (PC World) – http://www.macworld.com/article/150901/2010/04/facebook_privacy.html
- “A Handy Facebook-to-English Translator” by Richard Esguerra (EFF 2010.04.28) – https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/04/handy-facebook-english-translator
Term Meaning Examples Public information This is the term Facebook uses to describe information that it wants to share with anybody and everybody. Knowing what information Facebook considers “public” at any given moment can be confusing, but it’s key to understanding what information Facebook may share with its business partners without seeking further permission. Any time “public information” is referenced now, Facebook is talking about your: name, profile picture, current city, gender, networks, complete list of your friends, and your complete list of connections (formerly the list of pages that you were a “fan” of, but now including profile information like your hometown, education, work, activities, likes and interests, and, in some cases, your likes and recommendations from non-Facebook pages around the web). Visibility Facebook offers a number of controls over what information is “visible” on your profile. This determines what can be seen by someone who visits your profile page, but does not change whether the information is “public information.” “Keep in mind that Facebook Pages you connect to are public. You can control which friends are able to see connections listed on your profile, but you may still show up on Pages you’re connected to.” LIkewise, “While you do have the option to hide your Friend List from being visible on your profile, it will be available to applications you use and websites you connect with using Facebook.” Because Facebook deems this information “public,” it reserves the right to share that information with its business partners and third party websites, regardless of your visibility settings. Pages Facebook’s “Pages” are distinct from regular Facebook user profiles, and have generally been used to represent non-user entities like companies, non-profits, products, sports teams, musicians, etc. Community Pages are a new type of Page “dedicated to a topic or experience,” such as cooking. These will replace interests and activities. Last December, Facebook made your Page affiliations available to everyone — non-Friends, advertisers, and data miners included — by classifying Pages as publicly available information. Connections You create a “Connection” to most of the things that you click a “Like button” for, and Facebook will treat those relationships as public information. If you Like a Page on Facebook, that creates a public connection. If you Like a movie or restaurant on a non-Facebook website (and if that site is using Facebook’s OpenGraph system), that creates a public connection to either the applicable Page on Facebook or the affiliated website. Last week, Facebook announced a plan to transform most of the bits in your profile (including your hometown, education, work, activities, interests, and more) into connections, which are public information. If you refuse to make these items into a Connection, Facebook will remove all unlinked information. Social plugins Social plugins allow other websites to incorporate Facebook features and share data with Facebook. Examples of social plugins include “Like buttons” that share information back to your Facebook profile when clicked; an “Activity Feed” that will show content that you’ve Liked on that site to Facebook friends; and more. From the Facebook FAQ: “If you click “Like” or make a comment using a social plugin, your activity will be published on Facebook and shown to your Facebook friends who see an Activity Feed or Recommendations plugin on the same site. The things you like will be displayed publicly on your profile.” OpenGraph OpenGraph is a new Facebook program that grants any website a way to create objects that can become “connections” on Facebook user profiles. At the moment, some sites appear to be using OpenGraph in conjunction with the Facebook “Like button” in order to publish information back to your Facebook profile’s list of Pages — information that everyone is able to see. For example, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) appears to be using OpenGraph in conjunction with the Like button social plugin. When you click to Like a movie on IMDb, that movie gets added to your list of Pages. Instant Personalization Instant Personalization is a pilot program that allows a few non-Facebook websites to obtain and make use your public Facebook information as soon as you visit those websites. For example, the music website Pandora receives access the list of music artists that you Liked on Facebook in order to pick songs to play (for users who are logged into Facebook and who have not opted out of instant personalization). For users that have not opted out, Instant Personalization is instant data leakage. As soon as you visit the sites in the pilot program (Yelp, Pandora, and Microsoft Docs) the sites can access your name, your picture, your gender, your current location, your list of friends, all the Pages you have Liked — everything Facebook classifies as public information. Even if you opt out of Instant Personalization, there’s still data leakage if your friends use Instant Personalization websites — their activities can give away information about you, unless you block those applications individually.
- “Senators to Facebook: Quit sharing users’ info” (On Politics 2010.04.27) – http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/04/senators-to-facebook-quit-sharing-users-info/1
- “Sen. Schumer suggests FTC take charge of Facebook’s, others’ privacy policies” by Scott M. Fulton, III (BetaNews, 2010.04.27) – http://www.betanews.com/article/Sen-Schumer-suggests-FTC-take-charge-of-Facebooks-others-privacy-policies/1272391377
- “Facebook’s Future In Social News” by Greg Finn (Search Engine Land, 2010.04.27) – http://searchengineland.com/facebook%E2%80%99s-future-in-social-news-40736
Viewed together, the successive policies tell a clear story. Facebook originally earned its core base of users by offering them simple and powerful controls over their personal information. As Facebook grew larger and became more important, it could have chosen to maintain or improve those controls. Instead, it’s slowly but surely helped itself — and its advertising and business partners — to more and more of its users’ information, while limiting the users’ options to control their own information.
- “Defense official to visit Facebook this week”
by Kim Hart (The Hill, 2010.04.26) – http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/94341-defense-officlal-to-visit-facebook-this-week
- “Whoops — Facebook Is Once Again Overhyped” by Henry Blodget (Business Insider, 2010.04.26) – http://www.businessinsider.com/henry-blodget-whoops-now-facebook-is-once-again-overhyped-2010-4
- “Facebook privacy hole ‘lets you see where strangers plan to go'” – http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/apr/26/facebook-privacy-hole: Developer says new API lets you query social network’s databases – and there doesn’t seem to be a way to turn it off
- “The Age Of Facebook” by Michael Arrington (TechCrunch, Apr 25, 2010) – http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/25/the-age-of-facebook/
- “Is Facebook The New Internet And How Soon Before Microsoft Tries To Buy It?” by Mark Cuban (Business Insider, Apr. 23, 2010) – http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-cuban-is-facebook-the-new-internet-and-how-soon-before-microsoft-tries-to-buy-it-2010-4
- “Ron Conway: Facebook Is The Universe” by William Wei (Business Insider, Apr. 23, 2010) – http://www.businessinsider.com/ron-conway-facebook-is-the-universe-2010-4
- “Today Facebook, Tomorrow the World” by Ryan Singel (Wired, 2010.04.23) – http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/04/facebook-becomes-web/
- “How to Delete Facebook Applications (and Why You Should)” by Sarah Perez (Read Write Web, 2010.04.22) – http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_to_delete_facebook_applications_and_why_you_should.php
- At Facebook’s f8 conference, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company was removing restrictions on user data retention within Facebook applications. Previously, the company had a policy where developers couldn’t “store and cache any data for more than 24 hours,” Zuckerberg said while speaking to the audience of Facebook developers crowded into the San Francisco Design Center on Wednesday. “We’re going to go ahead and…get rid of that policy,” he said. The audience cheered. …
- …. How to Remove Facebook Applications: … there is something very easy everyone can do to minimize their risk and that’s delete the Facebook applications you no longer use. The process of doing so is incredibly simple. After signing into Facebook, do the following:
- 1. Click on “Account” at the top-right of the screen.
- 2. Click “Application Settings”
- 3. Change the “Show” drop-down box to “Authorized.” This will show all the applications you’ve ever given permission to.
- 4. In the resulting list, click the “X” button on the far right next to each app you want to remove to delete it.
- 5. On the pop-up box that appears, click “Remove” then click “Okay” on the next box confirming the app was deleted.
Repeat this process to remove all the apps you no longer use on a regular basis….
- “Facebook’s Ambition” by Robert Scoble (Business Insider, Apr. 22, 2010) – http://www.businessinsider.com/facebooks-ambition-2010-4
- “Facebook Plots its Future: Will it Be Our Overlord?” by Peter Smith (PCWorld, 2010.04.22) – http://www.pcworld.com/article/194765/facebook_plots_its_future_will_it_be_our_overlord.htmll
- “Why I, Like, Really Dislike Facebook’s ‘Like’ Button” by Dan Tynan (PCWorld, 2010.04.22) – http://www.pcworld.com/article/194818/why_i_like_really_dislike_facebooks_like_button.html
- “Facebook: Privacy Enemy Number One?” by Dan Costa (PCMagazine, 2010.04.22) – http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2362967,00.asp
- “How to Opt Out of Facebook’s Instant Personalization” by Kurt Opsahl (EEF, 2010.04.22) – http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/04/how-opt-out-facebook-s-instant-personalization
- Zuckerberg: “We Are Building A Web Where The Default Is Social” by Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch, 2010.04.21) – http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/21/zuckerbergs-buildin-web-default-social/
- “Pros and Cons of Today’s Facebook Announcements” (2010.04.21) – http://theharmonyguy.com/2010/04/21/pros-and-cons-of-todays-facebook-announcements/
- “New data storage rules, permissions could rekindle Facebook privacy concerns” by Kim-Mai Cutler (SocialBeat, 2010.04.21) – http://social.venturebeat.com/2010/04/21/facebook-privacynew-data-storage-rules/
- “f8: Facebook Touts ‘Open Graph,’ Connects With Smaller Sites” by Mark Hachman (PCMagazine, 2010.04.21) – http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2362920,00.asp
- “Crib Sheet: Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook f8 Keynote” by Dan Nosowitz (FastCompany, Wed Apr 21, 2010) – http://www.fastcompany.com/1623277/crib-sheet-facebooks-f8-keynote
- “Facebook’s Alternative Internet Vision And Its Search Implications” by Greg Sterling (SearchEngineLand, 2010.04.21) – http://searchengineland.com/facebooks-alternative-internet-vision-and-its-search-implications-40420
…the vision articulated by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Bret Taylor, formerly of Google and Friend Feed (acquired by Facebook), is of a more social internet, where relationships between people and things replace links between pages. The vision represents a shift from a Google-centric internet comprised of billions of unrelated documents and sites to a Facebook centric one where social relationships and affiliations are the connective tissue in a vast network…
For their part I think Facebook executives believe they have built in sufficient controls and privacy safeguards. I think they also perhaps incorrectly believe that ordinary Facebook users understand all the privacy controls…
- Commentary: “Facebook’s new push triggers even more privacy questions” by Lauren Weinstein (NNSquad, 2010.04.21) – http://www.nnsquad.org/archives/nnsquad/msg03407.html
…I have a fundamental distrust of Facebook’s “core values” related to privacy. At every stage, they’ve attempted to manipulate rather than treat these issues in an honestly straightforward manner
That’s why when it comes to entrusting someone in the Cloud with any privacy-sensitive data, I’ll take Eric Schmidt over Mark Zuckerberg any day.
- Commentary: “Facebook’s new push triggers even more privacy questions” by Lauren Weinstein (NNSquad, 2010.04.21) – http://www.nnsquad.org/archives/nnsquad/msg03407.html
- “What’s a Little Cyberbullying Among Friends? Facebook Launches New Safety Center
Written” by Sarah Perez (2010.04.13) – http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/facebook_launches_safety_center_to_educate_users.php
… It’s a somewhat ironic statement from a company that recently prompted its 400-plus million users to accept “recommended” changes that opened up their data – including status updates, photos, videos, links and friend lists – to a public audience, revealing details that many users assumed were private.
Around the same time as the “privacy debacle,” as we like to call it, unfolded, Facebook also announced a “Safety Advisory Board,” a group whose purpose is to review safety-related procedures and documentation as well as make suggestions regarding best practices and other procedures. How about this safe practice, Facebook: don’t publicize people’s private information?
- “Facebook Platform Vulnerability Enabled Silent Data Harvesting” (Social hacking, 2010.04.10) – http://theharmonyguy.com/2010/04/10/facebook-platform-vulnerability-enabled-silent-data-harvesting/
- “How I got sued by Facebook” (PeteSearch, 2010.04.05) – http://petewarden.typepad.com/searchbrowser/2010/04/how-i-got-sued-by-facebook.html
- “On Social Networks, You Are Who You Know” (by Erik Hayden; March 11, 2010.03.11) – http://www.miller-mccune.com/culture-society/on-facebook-you-are-who-you-know-10385/;
- comment on that article on SlashDot (2010.03.12) – http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=10/03/12/1422200
- “Facebook To Announce Plans To Take Over The Internet With Facebook Pages” by Nicholas Carlson (Business Insider, 2010.03.10) – http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-to-announce-plans-take-over-the-internet-with-facebook-pages-2010-3
- “In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg Broke Into A Facebook User’s Private Email Account” by Nicholas Carlson (Business Insider, 2010.03.05) – http://www.businessinsider.com/how-mark-zuckerberg-hacked-into-the-harvard-crimson-2010-3
- “How Mark Zuckerberg Hacked Into Rival ConnectU In 2004” by Nicholas Carlson (Business Insider, 2010.03.05) – http://www.businessinsider.com/how-mark-zuckerberg-hacked-connectu-2010-3
- “At Last — The Full Story Of How Facebook Was Founded” by Nicholas Carlson (Business Insider, 2010.03.05) – http://www.businessinsider.com/how-facebook-was-founded-2010-3
- Anita Ramasastry: “Facebook Follies: Why Facebook’s Recent Change to its User Agreement Was A Bad Move, and Will Likely Be Unenforceable” 9FindLaw, 2010.02.24) – http://writ.lp.findlaw.com/ramasastry/20090224.html
- “Infected PCs Won’t Be Allowed on Facebook” (by Chloe Albanesius; PCMagazine; 2010.01.13) – http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2358015,00.asp
- “Facebook Tracks Your Every Move, Employee Claims” (PCWorld, 2010.01.12) – http://www.pcworld.com/article/186715/facebook_tracks_your_every_move_employee_claims.html
- Facebook is tracking your every move on the site — or so says one purported Facebook employee, according to an anonymous interview with the Rumpus. In the interview, the Facebook employee, whose identity was protected so she wouldn’t lose her job for talking to the media, also said that Facebook employees have relatively easy access to user accounts.
- “Conversations About the Internet #5: Anonymous Facebook Employee” (The Rumpus, 2010.01.11) – http://therumpus.net/2010/01/conversations-about-the-internet-5-anonymous-facebook-employee/?full=yes
- “Facebook’s Zuckerberg Says The Age of Privacy is Over” by Marchall Kirkpatrick (Read Write Web, 2010.01.09) – http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/facebooks_zuckerberg_says_the_age_of_privacy_is_ov.php
- “Facebook tops the list of risky social networking sites” (2010.01.02 at HelpNetSecurity): http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=1216
- “Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account [How-To]” (GrokPost, 2009.11.10) – http://www.groovypost.com/howto/security/permanently-delete-your-facebook-profile-account/
- “Facebook’s New Privacy Changes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” by Kevin Bankston (EEF, 2009.12.09) – http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/12/facebooks-new-privacy-changes-good-bad-and-ugly
- “What Facebook Quizzes Know About You” by Sarah Perez (Read Write Web, 2009.08.27) – http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/what_facebook_quizzes_know_about_you.php
- “How to Improve Your Facebook Profile: Play it Smart With Friends and Potential Employers” by C.G. Lynch (CIO, 2009.01.24) – http://www.cio.com/article/print/476195
- “Facebook Etiquette: Five Dos and Don’ts” by C.G. Lynch (CIO, 2008.11.21) – http://www.cio.com/article/print/465099
- “Facebook How-To Tip: Do Damage Control on Unwanted Photos” by C.G. Lynch (CIO, 2008.10.16) – http://www.cio.com/article/print/455185
- “Facebook How-To Tip: Manage E-mail Notifications” by C.G. Lynch (CIO, 2008.10.02) – http://www.cio.com/article/print/452480
- “Facebook, trolls, temples and death threats” (2008.07) – http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.20188
- “Facebook Beacon” (WikiPedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook_Beacon
- “Facebook Bible: Everything You Need to Know About Facebook”, a collection of links/articles of FaceBook (CIO)- http://www.cio.com/article/508121/Facebook_Bible_Everything_You_Need_to_Know_About_Facebook
- “Social networks privacy” at this blog https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/social-networks-privacy/
- An older version of this article: https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/facebook-privacy/