What Facebook Needs to Change About their Privacy Policy

May 26, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

Facebook are about to announce the newest changes to their privacy policy, which they’ve been talking about for the last few weeks. So far, most of us are aware that the new changes involve what’s been described as “simplified settings”, but we really feel this doesn’t sound like they’re going in the right direction.

For one thing, the biggest problem with Facebook’s recent innovations has been the way they’re being forced on you – that is, as soon as Facebook introduces some new feature, you’d expect to have to manually enable it to make use of it – instead, you often need to actually disable it if you don’t want it affecting your account. And when it comes to privacy settings, this can be a bit problematic.

On the other hand, something needs to be done about the freedom given to app developers – a Facebook app doesn’t only get access to your own personal data, it can also access the data of all your friends, as long as it hasn’t been marked as private – that’s something to think about if you’re the type that blocks apps in fear of sharing too much information with the wrong third party.

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