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  • Gerrit Eicker 11:17 on 10. January 2010 Permalink
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    The Age of Privacy has Just Started 

    Zuckerberg, Facebook, believes that privacy is over: Hopefully the age of privacy has just started; http://j.mp/8AHo6o

  • Gerrit Eicker 07:50 on 10. December 2009 Permalink
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    Facebook Privacy II. 

    Again! A Facebook privacy update forces users to readjust settings unless everyone shall have access; http://j.mp/617tEl

    • Gerrit Eicker 08:00 on 10. December 2009 Permalink | Reply

      RWW: “Facebook announced this morning that its 350 million users will be prompted to make their status messages and shared content publicly visible to the world at large and search engines. It’s a move we expected but the language used in the announcement is near Orwellian. The company says the move is all about helping users protect their privacy and connect with other people, but the new default option is to change from ‘old settings’ to becoming visible to ‘everyone.’ – This is not what Facebook users signed up for. It’s not about privacy at all, it’s about increasing traffic and the visibility of activity on the site. … Facebook confirmed to us in a press call earlier this year that the company does in fact want users to post more publicly and we expected a site-wide call for users to loosen privacy restrictions – but not like this. This announcement was couched in language of user control and privacy. – A much more honest approach to privacy would be to encourage users to create lists of contacts and encourage them to select which list any update was visible to. Instead, that’s greatly underemphasized.”

      NYT: “One big question today is whether Facebook is implicitly guiding people toward relaxing their privacy settings. Barry Schnitt, a Facebook spokesman, said the company’s default recommendations on items like the posts they create, their religious affiliation and birthday are simply based on their previous privacy options. – But in a blog post on the site of the ACLU of Northern California, Nicole Ozer, its civil liberties director, wrote that most users will see recommended settings that make information less, not more, protected.

      Reuters: “Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt said users could simply opt to leave the city and gender fields blank if they did not want the information seen by their non-friends on Facebook. … ‘Any suggestion that we’re trying to trick them into something would work against any goal that we have,’ said Schnitt. – He said that Facebook was recommending that posts be viewable to everyone because such sharing of information is consistent with ‘the way the world is moving.’

      TC: “The Facebook Privacy Fiasco Begins … Facebook is giving up its reputation as a ‘private’ social network – where the default is to restrict access to everything that is shared – in favor of something that can challenge Twitter head on. … Facebook is forcing users to choose their new privacy options to promote the Everyone update, and to clear itself of any potential wrongdoing going forward. If there is significant backlash against the social network, it can claim that users willingly made the choice to share their information with everyone.”

      Guardian: “Facebook has outraged civil liberties campaigners after introducing new privacy settings that could dramatically increase the amount of personal information people expose online. – Privacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union railed against the changes to the world’s largest social network yesterday, calling the developments ‘flawed’ and ‘worrisome’.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 10:41 on 2. July 2009 Permalink
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    Facebook Privacy 

    Facebook sees its new control panel as an opportunity to invite users to shrug off their privacy; http://tr.im/qAoS

    • Gerrit Eicker 10:42 on 2. July 2009 Permalink | Reply

      TC: “In any case, Facebook is going to achieve its biggest goals with these updates: people will soon be sharing far more with the web than they were previously, and the social network will be able to mount a substantial challenge against Twitter. Of course, this isn’t the way Facebook is positioning the changes. One of my favorite parts of the conference call was when ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick noted that Facebook was clearly looking to encourage users to open up their data to the public and asked for the social network’s motivations. Facebook’s response? It wants people to make their data public because it helps disambiguate users with similar names. My phone was muted at the time, but I was laughing heartily.”

      RWW: “Facebook’s official privacy policy has long stated that you are in control of the information you chose to share. What does that mean, though? Until last week all users really only had two big choices about the visibility of their content: it was either public to everyone or visible to all their friends. Visibility to networks, like your school or city, was one of many complicating factors in a situation that confused most people. Saying that users have control over their information on Facebook has seemed like a stretch. It is very important to many Facebook users that at the very least, people not be given access to their information without approval.

      VB: “The big picture here is that Facebook wants people to feel secure knowing who they’re sharing with, so they’ll share as much information as possible. The more data that Facebook has about who is sharing what, the more it can target ads to those people as well as have more places to serve ads.”

      RWW: “Making Facebook like Twitter doesn’t sound like the best idea in the world, but it’s just about the only credible explanation we can think of for the increasingly clear push towards more public sharing on the site. Privacy settings have been confusing and today’s move to simplify them is great. But Facebook is a small-group method of communication for the vast majority of its users and emphasizing list-specific messaging instead of ‘everyone’ would be a more honest way to give users more control over their privacy.”

      NYT: “When asked if Facebook was trying to keep up with Twitter, Brandee Barker, Facebook’s director of communications, said the new settings were about encouraging more connections between people. ‘Sharing has always been at the core of our product,’ she said. ‘By recommending more open defaults, more people will be able to connect on the site.‘”

      NYT: “For the moment, the features are only available to 40,000 Facebook members in the United States. Next week, the test pool will expand to 80,000. Once the service is out of beta, the various settings will be accessible from a drop-down menu next to the status update and photo upload boxes.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 11:05 on 25. June 2009 Permalink
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    Facebook Goes Everyone 

    Facebook wants to get users to make as much of their data public as possible: Just like Twitter; http://tr.im/pH9l

    • Gerrit Eicker 11:06 on 25. June 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Facebook: “Today, we’re launching a beta version of an improved Publisher – the main place to add content such as photos, videos, and status updates on your home page and profile. The new Publisher has been streamlined a bit, and its most significant improvement is the new Publisher Privacy Control that gives you the opportunity to answer the question, ‘Who do you want to tell?’ as easily as you answer the question, ‘What’s on your mind?’ … Everyone: Anyone, on or off, of Facebook can see it.

      TC: “Don’t be fooled by what appears to be a minor change in the user interface. This is another indication of Facebook’s extreme desire to get users to make as much of their data public as possible. Just like Twitter.

      RWW: “The Day Facebook Changed Forever: Messages to Become Public By Default (UPDATED) … After we wrote this post, Facebook HQ emailed to tell us that the first wave of users who get this feature will have their messages made public by default because their profiles were already marked as public, but that when they open the feature up to subsequent users – those users will have default privacy settings that match their pre-existing profile privacy settings. Unfortunately, in our tests so far (see our screencast) – we haven’t been able to successfully change our default message settings back to friends-only, it stays stuck on public. When we switch our test account from profile public to profile private and then back again, the default for message posting gets stuck at ‘friends of friends!’ … In time, though, people may very well decide they are comfortable with their social networking being public by default. That will be a different world, and today will have been one of the most important days in that new world’s unfolding.

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