You can “Zuck” it Facebook: Privacy Protest
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Do you know where your privacy is on Facebook? If you’re like me, you know “in general” that privacy has lessened and more of your information is available (especially if you haven’t updated your privacy settings). But there’s more to it than that. Just like a college athlete on a full scholarship, Facebook owns you (uh, your information). Until I decided to dig deeper, I didn’t realize how much had changed in the privacy policies. While I never put anything online that I’m not comfortable with the entire world seeing, I want to share on my terms, my way.
What first made me question privacy was when friends’ pictures started showing up in ads–and they didn’t know about it. More recently though, this excerpt from a PC World article took it to a new level, “this week brought news of two separate bugs that let Websites secretly install their apps on your Facebook profile and let your friends eavesdrop on your private chats.”
That’s not all.
A quick comparison of Facebook privacy policies from inception to now (courtesy of Electronic Frontier Foundation) show just how much things have changed:
No personal information that you submit to Thefacebook will be available to any user of the Web Site who does not belong to at least one of the groups specified by you in your privacy settings.
When you connect with an application or website it will have access to General Information about you. The term General Information includes your and your friends’ names, profile pictures, gender, user IDs, connections, and any content shared using the Everyone privacy setting. … The default privacy setting for certain types of information you post on Facebook is set to “everyone.” … Because it takes two to connect, your privacy settings only control who can see the connection on your profile page. If you are uncomfortable with the connection being publicly available, you should consider removing (or not making) the connection.
On Sunday, June 6, a protest initiated by This Week in Twitter co-host Alana Joy, asks those who disagree with Facebook’s privacy policies to, “commit to not logging in or interacting with Facebook in any way.”
It’s gone beyond general dislike. Last week 15 consumer watchdog groups filed a formal complaint with the FTC over the changes.
Now that I’m (more) aware and educated on what exactly “lessened privacy” means, I will be joining the movement. It doesn’t mean I’m giving up Facebook for good, but joining with others to help make a difference and keep privacy top of mind. At the very least, maybe an improvement in Facebook’s communication?
Don’t know how to manage your privacy settings? Here’s a great post from Fast Company to help you determine what you want to share.
What’s your take on the privacy issue? Will you be participating? Have you deleted your Facebook account? Let us know.