Sunday, May 2, 2010

The End of Facebook Privacy

Since it's creation, Facebook has privacy has progressively become more open. Now in 2010, it has just about reached it's limit. For long-time users this creates frustration because users have barely any control over their privacy settings. Since 2005, Facebook has changed it's default privacy settings, creating a more liberal social networking site.
2005 – No personal information submitted can be accessed by anyone unless they belong to a group that you belong to and is displayed in your profile.
2006 – control of privacy settings and what other see about your profile. Default settings create limitations for users.
2007 – All profile information available for anyone belonging to the same network
2009 – All facebook personal information is available to everyone in default settings.
2010 – When you connect with a certain Facebook-enhanced application, you and your friends pictures, groups, personal info. Etc. is available for the public.
2010 is the newest default settings on Facebook, The only way to not “connect” with the Facebook is to manually change your privacy settings. This has caused an uproar in the Facebook community because it has limited-almost eliminated- user's control over their own personal information on the Web. Facebook is still the leading social networking site, and the larger Facebook grows, the less privacy it allows for it's users.

“Facebook's Eroding Privacy Policy: A Timeline”
Kurt Obsahl

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