Six Facebook Privacy Blunders - Slide 6

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In August 2010, Facebook’s Places feature once again had privacy advocates on the warpath. Places uses the geo-location technology in mobile devices to allow Facebook users to share their location (or "check in") and to tag any friends who are with them at that location. Startups like Foursquare and Gowalla offer similar functionality, so it's not surprising that Facebook would want to go in this direction.

But the ACLU and other consumer advocates were concerned because there is no easy way to opt out of the service. According to the ACLU of Northern California:

When it comes to opting out of [allowing friends to check you in], you are only given a “not now” option (aka ask me again later). “No” isn’t one of the easy options...And if you use Places yourself, you aren’t even given a “not now;” you’re just told that friends are able to check in for you and left to discover for yourself that you can change this setting.

To Facebook's credit, the company has been quick to respond to the ACLU's concerns. The New York Times quoted a statement from Facebook's policy communications director, Barry Schnitt, who said:

No one can be checked in to a location without their explicit permission. Many third parties have applauded our controls, indicating that people have more protections using Facebook Places than other widely used location services available today.

Over the years, Facebook has developed features and made policy changes that have routinely put privacy advocates on the warpath, so much so that blogger Lora Bentley wonders if they don’t pay people to dream up new ways to annoy them.

Despite the privacy concerns, Facebook remains hugely popular and as a company appears set on the path to constantly push the privacy boundary.  A reader from The New York Times summed it up this way:

When will the great analysts of today finally get it? We, the 20-somethings of today, are not that concerned about privacy. Facebook has become a way of life.

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