Facebook change privacy controls, but you shouldn't trust them

1 May 2014

Bitterwallet - Facebook As anyone with half a brain knows, Facebook aren't exactly bothered about their users' personal privacy. Members of the site know this and that's the trade-off for being able to perv on people's photos or get weary at the xenophobes you went to school with. Revenue always beats rights.

At the F8 conference yesterday (very exciting, honest), Facebook tried to win some critics over by introducing anonymous app logins.

What exactly? Well, you'll now be able to limit how much personal info you share with third-party mobile apps. You'll be able to try these apps without logging in, which means you can see if you like them without giving developers access to your personal data. You'll see the usual 'log in with Facebook' button, as well as 'log in anonymously'.

Users will also get some control over what data a third-party app can look at, such as your email address, date of birth, who your Facebook friends are, your Likes and all that.

Facebook said: "We've heard from people that they are worried about sharing information with apps, and they want more control over their data. We are giving people more control over these experiences so they can be confident pressing the blue button."

Naturally, even though you won't be giving third parties your details, Facebook will still have them and use them to create revenue from advertisers, so this could well be a thoroughly pointless endeavour designed merely to placate.

In addition to that, whenever Facebook tinkers with privacy controls, it usually wipes the old ones, which means users' settings are reverted wide open, so remember to fix that, if indeed, there's any point in it. In a few months time, this conversation will inevitably happen all over again.

TOPICS:   Social Media   Privacy

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