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The latest Facebook fracas: Your privacy vs. its profit

Posted By admin On April 3, 2010 @ 4:33 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Washington Post [1]
April 3, 2010

The signs of a new season surround us: Flowers are blooming, trees are budding, and another Facebook privacy fracas is brewing.

The last event kicked off a week ago, when the popular social network posted a note [2] on its blog about “working with some partner Web sites that we pre-approve to offer a more personalized experience” at those sites.

This possible change didn’t exactly get a charitable read in reactions like “Facebook’s Plan To Automatically Share Your Data With Sites You Never Signed Up For,” [3] and “Facebook Planning To Give Away Your Data To ‘Partners.’ “ [4]

How bad could things get for the 400 million-plus Facebook users [5] when this test begins a few months from now?

The potential downside seems obvious. You’ll see that some random site knows who your Facebook friends are and fret about other once-private information Facebook might be leaking. But what will you be able to do when so much of your life is tied up there?

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/02/AR2010040200762.html?hpid=sec-tech

[2] posted a note: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=376904492130

[3] “Facebook’s Plan To Automatically Share Your Data With Sites You Never Signed Up For,”: http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/26/facebooks-plan-to-automatically-share-your-data-with-sites-you-never-signed-up-for

[4] “Facebook Planning To Give Away Your Data To ‘Partners.’ “: http://www.allfacebook.com/2010/03/facebook-planning-to-give-away-your-data-to-partners/

[5] 400 million-plus Facebook users: http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics

[6] Image: http://www.homegain.com/housead/homes_for_sale/index?entryid=11502

[7] Facebook users raise privacy concerns as company tweaks security settings: http://www.prisonplanet.com/facebook-users-raise-privacy-concerns-as-company-tweaks-security-settings.html

[8] And Now Facebook’s Bankers Are Divvying Up The $100 Million They Made Shorting Facebook’s Stock: http://www.prisonplanet.com/and-now-facebooks-bankers-are-divvying-up-the-100-million-they-made-shorting-facebooks-stock.html

[9] Well, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won’t Help Facebook’s Privacy Problems: http://www.prisonplanet.com/well-these-new-zuckerberg-ims-wont-help-facebooks-privacy-problems.html

[10] Facebook’s new Timeline set to ‘lock in’ users: http://www.prisonplanet.com/facebook%e2%80%99s-new-timeline-set-to-lock-in-users.html

[11] Facebook under privacy microscope: http://www.prisonplanet.com/facebook-under-privacy-microscope.html

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