More Facebook Privacy Descrepancies

I was looking at Boing Boing, the blog of the author who wrote “Makers” and found this interesting article.

The link on the bottom leads to the original article. The most interesting part to me is not that Max requested information from Facebook and then filed complaints, it is the complaints themselves. Some of these may be familiar to us, such as the feature that allows members of a Facebook group add you to that group without your consent. I’m sure you see the obvious implications with this one; your employer looks at your Facebook and sees you are part of some Neo-Nazism group and you didn’t even realize that your stupid friend pulled a less than funny joke. Personally, I’ve noticed that when you use certain Facebook applications, you can no longer pick and choose what things you will allow it to access because now it’s all or nothing. Another familiar one is the tagging feature, which doesn’t ask you if you want to be tagged in a certain picture. I’m sure we’ve all seen this when our friends have tagged us in embarrassing pictures and we have to go untag ourselves. This is part of a bigger complaint that Facebook makes you “opt-out” instead of “opt-in” ie. Facebook does stuff to you by default.  It is this major factor that violates the laws of certain countries or whole associations, such as the EU. All the things that you never opted into are permanently recorded, even if you later opt-out or delete things on Facebook.  Facebook says that there is no reason (or that they don’t have to tell us the reason) why they keep all of these records, which violates laws in and of itself. So why do you think Facebook employs the opt-out method? And why are they allowed to keep record or all the things you do, but only willing to release part of that data to you when it is requested?

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2 Responses to More Facebook Privacy Descrepancies

  1. kp says:

    I think many people just like to reap the benefits of facebook, and they don’t think about the implications. I recently made a group and I was surprised that the people I put in the group did not have to accept, they were just added in. I think this can be scary, but at the very least facebook gives you a notification. They keep redefining the norm as to how much they are allowed to do. As long as you are actively paying attention to your facebook, things shouldn’t be so problematic. After all, you did sign a contract… and you can always shut it off.

  2. KLSnyder22 says:

    Even if you do shut off Facebook, either by deactivating it or deleting it, there is still archived information floating around cyberspace just waiting for employers or graduate schools to find. I certainly don’t want anyone to ever see my embarrassing 13-year-old self on MySpace!
    The scary part of this is, you’ll never truly be deleted from the internet. I deactivated my facebook a little bit ago, but I’m sure my internet footprint is still out there. How far will Facebook go? How much is too much? And why are we all so addicted to being virtually connected with every single person we’ve ever met (and even those we haven’t)?