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Privacy and Facebook: Give a Little Here, Take a Little There?

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  1. Bruce Boyden says:

    It looks to me like you can customize the settings for each post by defining groups or blocking specific people. But I don’t see a way to limit posts to certain groups as a default, so you’d have to do it each time.

  2. Danielle Citron says:

    Thanks so much, Bruce. Yes, that is what I assumed as I played around with the settings. That is a shame about the lack of a default function regarding groups and friends.

  3. ACLU dotRights & EFF have had the best details on what the changes mean in practice. Yes, there are more granular controls for new posts, but users are being migrated to more open settings, and probably worse, more data is now declared Publicly Available Information with no say by the user.

    “PAI” [now] includes your name, profile photo, list of friends, pages you are a fan of, gender, networks to which you belong, and current city.” – PAI used to include only Name and Networks.

    I’ve put what I think are the best posts on the Facebook Privacy change in my Twitter stream:

    http://twitter.com/logicalextremes

    But this post says it best about the new public social graph, which I believe is the most egregious violation of privacy by Facebook:

    http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2009/12/11/facebook-tosses-graph-privacy-into-the-bin/

  4. BTW, if you click the lock icon pulldown below the “What’s on your mind?” field, there is a Customize choice. Within that, you can set up a default.

  5. Danielle Citron says:

    That is incredibly helpful scoop, Logical Extremes. Thanks so much!

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