Facebook's privacy timeline: Possible backlash or just evolution?

Facebook's privacy timeline: Possible backlash or just evolution?

Summary: The Electronic Frontier Foundation's history lesson of Facebook's privacy policy is instructive. The timeline shows how Facebook went from being very focused on privacy to opt-in dealings designed to get users to share everything. The big question: Does it matter?

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Reading through the Electronic Frontier Foundation's history lesson of Facebook's privacy policy is instructive. The timeline shows how Facebook went from being very focused on privacy to opt-in dealings designed to get users to share everything.

The big question: Does it matter? Facebook gave me a pop-up telling me that it wanted to show my hometown and a few other details. I didn't make any quick decisions and said the site should ping me later. Here's the problem: Facebook's privacy policy is changing quickly and it's impossible to keep up with it if you don't track this stuff for a living.

ReadWriteWeb captures the opt-in or else tactics. For what it's worth, I may go the empty profile route.

Facebook's big bet: The user will share all sorts of details because it's too much of a pain to opt out.

Reading through the EFF's timeline could---and probably should---spark some sort of backlash or at least awareness. But we're beaten down on privacy. Privacy barely exists. And people don't seem to mind. These people share everything. Privacy is the currency we use to get "free" stuff.

Also: Facebook's privacy changes: When will it go too far (and will you even notice)?

It's fascinating to chat with folks about whether they trust Facebook. The most common answer is "no" in my circle of folks. Why? It's these privacy policy changes that come every few weeks or months. Every feature---even something like the "like" button on a bunch of sites---has me pondering the motives behind the effort. At some point, these feelings have to matter for the brand.

Will there be a tipping point? Who knows, but the EFF timeline makes it clear where Facebook is heading. Whether you play along in the long run remains to be seen.

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Topics: Legal, Security, Social Enterprise

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  • Interesting

    I guess by making Opt In a default [sort of] and the 'Opt Out' a tedious task - i can bet Facebook knows its users. Many wouldn't even bother learning why is that important and rant about what ever Facebook is doing.

    I still think Facebook has to make great strides in being much 'better' in explaining its policies and holding its horses when it comes to pushing forward changes.
    smohkim
  • RE: Facebook's privacy timeline: Possible backlash or just evolution?

    I'm one who opted to be out of the links. I guess that makes me invisible as far as facebook is concerned. If I used it for business it might be an issue, but since it's strictly for keeping up with old friends, I don't mind. I doubt facebook is happy, however.
    preacherbill
  • RE: Facebook's privacy timeline: Possible backlash or just evolution?

    I opted out a couple of weeks ago. Funny thing is, I deleted my account but it didn't delete. Friends think I de-friended them for some reason. Facebook says my data is still there waiting for me. All I have to do is log on with my old user/password and all is restored. So much for deleting. I would like to get back on but won't until they change their ways.
    20kwfence
  • RE: Facebook's privacy timeline: Possible backlash or just evolution?

    Don't give up! We lose our privacy by not protecting it and not revolting against encroachment. Just giving up to the desires of a few zealots lets them have their way with whatever the subject or medium happens to be. I dislike being considered as just another computer in the ether; but if you writers want to give up, go ahead. We'll find new people that remember that technology is not a religion of blind faith. Its only another tool for people to use.
    bboyce9
  • RE: Facebook's privacy timeline: Possible backlash or just evolution?

    This may be more fodder for companies to block employee access to FB and other social media apps. If your company is blocking or thinking about it, here's a helpful resource. It's a whitepaper called ?To Block or Not. Is that the question??

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    It has lots of insightful and useful information about identifying and controlling Enterprise 2.0 apps (Facebook, Twitter, Skype, SharePoint, etc.)
    LisaValentineNY
  • RE: Facebook's privacy timeline: Possible backlash or just evolution?

    Well I had enough. I am deactivated after first changing my profile to the empty profile.
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