Facebook: Privacy bother YET AGAIN

27 November 2012

You may have seen people pointlessly cutting and pasting Facebook updates, specific to privacy concerns and the like. It happens throughout the year and never gets less tiring. However, it isn't without some foundation.

Some privacy groups have decided to write to the social network and have asked them to rethink the proposed changes. One of the key changes that has raised eyebrows is that Facebook are thinking of dropping the system that says users have a say in FB's privacy policies.

"We deeply value the feedback we receive from you during our comment period but have found that the voting mechanism created a system that incentivised quantity of comments over the quality of them. We're proposing to end the voting component of the process in favor of a system that leads to more meaningful feedback and engagement," said Facebook communications chief Elliot Schrage.

"In the coming weeks, we will roll out new ways of responding to your questions and comments about Facebook."

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy, didn't like this one bit and tagteamed over a letter, sent to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to reconsider.

"Because these proposed changes raise privacy risks for users, may be contrary to law, and violate your previous commitments to users about site governance, we urge you to withdraw the proposed changes," said the letter.

"Facebook's proposed changes implicate the user privacy and the terms of a recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement prohibits Facebook from misrepresenting the extent to which it maintains the privacy or security of covered information."

"Scrapping the [voting] mechanism altogether raises questions about Facebook's willingness to take seriously the participation of Facebook users," they said.

"We ask that Facebook be similarly responsive to the rights of Facebook users to control their personal information and to participate in the governance of Facebook. We ask that you withdraw the proposed changes to the Data Use Policy and the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities."

TOPICS:   Technology   Social Media   Privacy

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