Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Facebook’s Unfriendly Privacy

Facebook recently changed its privacy settings to make many more things public - without their users' permission - and made it ridiculously difficult for an ordinary person to opt out of this system. That last part might have been unintentional, but the first part - making a whole lot more public - certainly wasn't. In this episode, we'll look back at the last few weeks - the action, the backlash, the response and perhaps even the fact that most people didn't know and didn't care about this story - and maybe they should!

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Background:The backlash:The response:What can you do?
  • If you haven't visited your Facebook privacy settings recently - then it's probably time you did.
  • If you have visited your Facebook privacy settings recently then it's still worth doing so again to see whether the new, simpler privacy settings are easier to use.
  • Whatever you do, treat Facebook as a public, not a private, place.

1 comment:

Chris Pudney said...

This International Business Times article discusses some of the privacy issues we covered in our podcast.