How Facebook is sharing our secrets with the whole world

If you want to surf the zeitgeist, then look at the most common queries on Google. When I looked the other day, “How do I delete my Facebook account?” was fourth on the “How do I…?” list. Just to put this in context, number two was “How do I know if I’m pregnant?” You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to twig that something’s up.What’s happened is that Facebook’s latest tweak to its default privacy settings has sparked a firestorm. Four US senators have voiced their concern. Fifteen privacy groups have filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission. On this side of the Atlantic, the EU’s data protection working party has written to Facebook, saying recent changes that made previously private information publicly viewable by default were “unacceptable”. And many online commentators, influential and otherwise, have joined the fray.

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