Posted tagged ‘Facebook Privacy Controls’

Facebook loses Face!

May 25, 2010

I’ve been an active Facebook user for almost 3 years and it is an incredible feeling to know I can keep in touch with my friends so easily. But it doesn’t mean that I’ve never been worried about my privacy and how my information is used and shared in ways that I might have no idea about!

I’ve done my own share of research on Facebook privacy loopholes. However, it’s hollow has deepened after it was revealed that Facebook had been passing personal data and details to advertising companies – including Google’s DoubleClick and Yahoo!’s own Right Media – without consent. Moreover, it coincides with the result of a recent online survey by Internet Security firm Sophos which disclosed 60% of Facebook users considered quitting the site over worries about their private data.

After all controversy around Facebook’s chaotic and afflicted privacy flap, its chief executive, Mark Zukerberg, finally admitted that they had made a “bunch of mistakes” in an email to tech blogger Robert Scoble and promised changes “in coming weeks.” He also in an open letter published in the Washington Post wrote that Facebook had been “growing quickly” and confided that “sometimes we move too fast.” But Zukerberg promised additional privacy controls would be “much simpler to use” and also would provide “an easy way to turn of all third-party services.”

“Many of you thought our controls were too complex”, Zukerberg said in his letter. “Our intention was to give you lots of granular controls” – you bet – “but that may not have been what many of you wanted” and he confessed “we just missed the mark.”

Well, seems Zukerberg has taken a step in the right direction, but I hope it’s not just all talk. There is a long way to go untill Facebook is completely trusted again. What’s your take on it?