Facebook Privacy Policy Explained: It’s Longer Than The US Constitution

Recent changes to Facebook’s privacy policies have made users’ information far more public than ever before: much personal data is now public by default, some of which is being shared with third-party sites.But say you’d prefer to keep your profile private–opting out of sharing so much is no easy task.Facebook’s privacy settings have become increasingly complex and confusing, and require users to click through a bewildering maze of options in order to rein-in what they share.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/12/facebook-privacy-policy-s_n_574389.htmlAlso see:Price of Facebook Privacy? Start Clicking
Pop quiz: Which is longer, the United States Constitution or Facebook’s Privacy Policy?If you guessed the latter, you’re right. Facebook’s Privacy Policy is 5,830 words long; the United States Constitution, without any of its amendments, is a concise 4,543 words.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/13/technology/personaltech/13basics.htmlFacebook Privacy: A Bewildering Tangle of Options
To manage your privacy on Facebook, you will need to navigate through 50 settings with more than 170 options. Facebook says it wants to offer precise controls for sharing on the Internet.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/12/business/facebook-privacy.htmlWhat Facebook Doesn’t Tell You About Privacy
Let us be perfectly clear: While Facebook has received a lot of criticism lately about its new privacy policies and Open Graph concept, which allows them to partner with other sites which will also have access to some Facebook user data, Facebook isn’t explicitly keeping secrets from you. But some security professionals and users continually knock the site for what they say are less-than-clear explanations about where your data is going, and how secure the site really is.Joey Tyson, a social media security expert who maintains the site Social Hacking, says there are important data security and privacy issues happening under the radar of the Facebook experience. This is what Facebook isn’t saying outright to members.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/196221/.htmlWell, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won’t Help Facebook’s Privacy Problems
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his company are suddenly facing a big new round of scrutiny and criticism about their cavalier attitude toward user privacy.
http://www.businessinsider.com/well-these-new-zuckerberg-ims-wont-help-facebooks-privacy-problems-2010-5Facebook unveils new security features
Facebook took the wraps off Thursday on two new security features aimed at protecting users from phishers and other online scammers.”At Facebook, we’re constantly working on new ways to protect you from scams and help you keep your account and information secure,” wrote Lev Popov, a Facebook software engineer, in a blog post late on Thursday afternoon.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9176752/Facebook_unveils_new_security_featuresFacebook rolls out security improvements to combat spam and scams on site [AP]
Facebook’s millions of users are a lucrative target for Internet criminals looking to steal passwords and more. To combat malicious attacks, phishing scams and spam, the online social network is rolling out new security features.You can ask to be notified by email or text message when your account is accessed from a computer or mobile device you haven’t used before. The log-in attempt may be legitimate when you’re travelling, but if you haven’t left home in a week, you probably ought to change your password.

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