Facebook Simplifies Privacy Protection, EFF Not 100% Content
Article by George Norman
On 10 Dec 2009
In an internet-centric world it is important to protect your privacy. In the case of popular social networking site Facebook, which by the way has more than 350 million users at the time, this hasn’t always been a piece of cake. The social networking site did indeed provide users the means to protect their privacy – but the tools were most often difficult to use. To do away with this inconvenience Facebook has started to roll out new, simplified, security settings to its users.

“We’re launching new tools to give you even greater control over the information you share. They include a simpler privacy settings page and a tool to control the audience for each and every post you create. Developing privacy controls that work for 350 million people who all use the site in unique ways is a difficult challenge. We've put a lot of work into [these] new features, using your suggestions to guide us, and we're proud of what we've accomplished. However, we're by no means done, and we look forward to your feedback, which will help us develop the next innovation in user control,” announced Facebook’s Ruchi Sanghvi.

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When you log into your Facebook account, you will be greeted by a popup that takes you through the 3-step transition tool. Don’t worry if you don’t see it yet. The new tools are being rolled out gradually. They should reach every Facebook user over time – hopefully not to much time.

I haven’t seen the new privacy tools yet, but freedom of speech outfit the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) did. And they came up with the conclusion that it’s not all roses and sunshine.

“Our conclusion? These new "privacy" changes are clearly intended to push Facebook users to publicly share even more information than before. Even worse, the changes will actually reduce the amount of control that users have over some of their personal data. Not to say that many of the changes aren't good for privacy. But other changes are bad, while a few are just plain ugly,” commented Senior Staff Attorney with the EFF, Kevin Bankston.

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