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Old 11-11-2011, 03:02 PM
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Facebook is close to a settlement with U.S. federal regulators that would require the internet giant to obtain approval from its 800million users before making changes that expose their profiles to a wider audience.
Currently, Facebook can alter elements of the site which it believes will improve the social network and then leaves it to users to reset anything they don't like - a process known as 'opting out'.
However, if an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is approved, the firm would have to get explicit consent from each of its users before changing its privacy settings, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Citing unnamed sources who were familiar with the situation, the Journal said Facebook has agreed to make the changes to resolve a two-year investigation by the FTC.
Companies introducing a feature or service generally prefer an 'opt out' system because fewer people take the steps required to get out of the changes.
The FTC opened its probe into Facebook after the website made changes that automatically showed users' names, pictures, hometowns and other personal information available for anyone to see.
That upset people who had deliberately programmed their privacy settings to confine that information to a specific group of friends or family.
As part of its proposed settlement, Facebook would also submit to government reviews of its privacy practices for 20 years, according to the Journal.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking in California about the site's new privacy settings in May 2010. He said this week that the firm had given users greater control over their privacy:


The audits are similar to the scrutiny that Google agreed to undergo earlier this year.
That agreement settled an FTC investigation into Google's handling of people's personal information in February 2010 when it launched a service called Buzz to counter Facebook.
Buzz exposed the email contacts of unwitting users, a breach that the FTC considered to be a deceptive practice. Google is now in the process of closing Buzz to focus on another social network called Plus that debuted in June.
Speaking earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he believes the website's changes over the past year have given users greater control over their privacy.
He said: 'I think we're going to need to keep on making it easier and easier, but that's our mission, right?'
'I mean, we have to do that because now, if people feel like they don't have control over how they're sharing things, then we're failing them.'

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Old 11-11-2011, 06:46 PM
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Re: Facebook Privacy

Trust facebook at your peril.

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Old 11-11-2011, 06:50 PM
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I don't understand why they keep fucking with their product. If it aint broke, don't fix it! Seems like office slugs are always tinkering with shit to legitimize their paychecks... that and these efforts to somehow make the customer's info available to advertisers. But if you don't want your junk out there, don't put it on the internet.

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There is no such thing as privacy on Facebook, its the biggest source of internet fraud there is too.

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Old 11-13-2011, 12:20 AM
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Re: Facebook Privacy

This is why I provide only very limited personal information on any Internet forum or social network.

Trust none, suspect all.

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Old 11-13-2011, 09:24 PM
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This is why I provide only very limited personal information on any Internet forum or social network.

Trust none, suspect all.
Fuckin right.

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Isn't the point of facebook to snoop on others and be an attention whore...?

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