Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Facebook Privacy:: Fact or theory?

Xmas comes early for privacy advocates?!

The Register reports

"Facebook has ordered its 350 million users to sort out their privacy settings right now, before it throws the switch on its revamped security system.

The social networker farmer in chief Mark Zuckerberg, told its users last week that, "We're adding something that many of you have asked for — the ability to control who sees each individual piece of content you create or upload." He also promised a simplified privacy page.

..In today's warning, coinciding with the actual launch of the tools, Facebook promised its new Publisher Privacy Control would allow users to set a privacy setting for each piece on content they create.

The firm is also removing its "regional networks", in favour of four basic control settings: friends, friends of friends, everyone and customised.

This will be allied with an "easy, intuitive and accessible" privacy settings page."

Well, hmm, let's see - but Blogzilla. looks like we may finally have to rewrite that FB paper!

Of course in other news today, Sophos, who discovered 2 years ago that most FB users would revel their most private details to cartoon frog, found that 2 years on, relicating the study in Australia, ... well, nothing had really changed.

"The survey found that 46% of users in a fictional 21 year old's age group accepted the offered friendship, while 41% of a fictional 56 year old's peers did.

On Facebook once someone has been accepted as your 'friend' they can see more information about you, but you can still choose to hide information from those friends or limit it to specific groups amongst your online friends....

"Both groups were very liberal with their email addresses and with their birthdays," said Sophos head of technology in Asia Pacific Paul Ducklin. "This is worrying because these details make an excellent starting point for scammers and social engineers.""

Ah well, you can't have everything!

1 comment:

Matthew Pemble said...

Well, their "assistant" managed to turn much of my "friends only" (I have never been a member of a regional group) into "friends of friends" or "everybody".


But I've now been back through and changed everything back ...