Facebook privacy change angers campaigners

Facebook has outraged civil liberties campaigners after introducing new privacy settings that could dramatically increase the amount of personal information people expose online. Privacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union railed against the changes to the world’s largest social network Wednesday, calling the developments “flawed” and “worrisome”. The changes – first announced in July, and trailed again last week – finally began taking place on Wednesday. The site’s 350m users are now being given the chance to alter settings on items they upload to the site, such as photographs and videos, but all of their status updates are now automatically made public unless specified otherwise. Facebook said that the changes were intended to give users more control over their information and not to endanger their privacy. The move comes just days after Google announced that it would be including some updates from the social network in its search index, with plans to incorporate more information in the future. Facebook already shares more information with Bing, the rival search engine operated by Microsoft – which in turn owns around 1.5 percent of Facebook

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/dec/10/facebook-privacy

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