Thursday, December 10, 2009

Backlash over New Facebook Privacy Policy

Facebook faces criticism because of their privacy policy. Digital right groups and bloggers have heaped criticism on Facebook's changing privacy policy. Critics said that Facebook was moving towards an even more open policy nudging people to share their updates with everyone and made them found easily on the internet. The changes were first introduced on Dec 9 asking people to update their privacy settings.

"Facebook is nudging the settings toward the 'disclose everything' position," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the US Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic). "That's not fair from the privacy perspective."
Epic said it was analysing the changes to see if they amounted to trickery."

"In a statement, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said: "These new 'privacy' changes are clearly intended to push Facebook users to publicly share even more information than before. "
It added: "Even worse, the changes will actually reduce the amount of control that users have over some of their personal data."

There has been a lot of backlash on the Facebook blog with users showing their disapproval

Is Facebook moving towards being more like Twitter. Do they want everyone to be more open and share everything. But that was not the point in the first place. Facebook users came to the site to connect with friends and maintain their contact within their own private circles. The new privacy policy is for nudging users to be more open and share more with everyone and not restrict their updates only to their friends.

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