Facebook 'Instant Personalization' Draws Lawmaker Scrutiny

Lora Bentley
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Check out highlights from Lora's poll of industry experts on the topic of online security.

Boy, that didn't take long.

 

Last week, Facebook made changes to its privacy controls so that it could share user information with third-party websites unless users opt out of said sharing. Privacy advocates and individuals alike are concerned - and they said so.

 

Facebook users posted messages about the changes in their status updates to alert friends and explain how to opt out. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has gone so far as to post instructions on blocking the so-called "automatic personalization" from collecting your information even if your friends allow theirs to be collected.

 

Tuesday, Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Al Franken, D-Minn., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., are expected to send a letter to the social networking giant, asking it to reconsider how it collects and uses information from its users. According to The Washington Post, the senators say Facebook's changes "fundamentally alter the relationship between the user and [the] social networking site." In a joint statement also quoted by the Post, they said:

Social networking sites are a Wild West of the Internet; users need ability to control private information and fully understand how it's being used.


Facebook maintains all of its changes have been made to improve the experience for its users, and some actually give users more control over their information, but so far, not many seem to be buying that line. I'm certainly not.



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Apr 27, 2010 11:20 AM Robert Robert  says:

I can't wait for the day Facebook makes peoples walls public. There's a lot of juice in there.

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