Facebook is testing a new privacy feature that warns users around who can see their status updates and content if they're infrequent users of the sharing settings. Dubbed a "Privacy Check-up," the pop-up message flags the current sharing setting and offers a variety of options for more granular control.
WhatsApp founder Jan Koum has spoken out on concerns about privacy and data protection following its acquisition by Facebook, insisting that nothing will change in what individual information it collects and how it uses it. "If partnering with Facebook meant that we had to change our values, we wouldn't have done it" Koum writes of the $19bn deal announced last month. "Instead, we are forming a partnership that would allow us to continue operating independently and autonomously."
The Chief Privacy Officer of Policy for Facebook Erin Egan has this week begun setting down a series of changes to several of the key Facebook Governing Documents, with emphasis placed on their Data Use Policy and their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. For the average Facebook user, this means you'll be seeing Facebook make public edits to documents stating their intentions with collecting and using data you provide. It also means Facebook is editing the rules that apply to both you and Facebook when you choose to use the social network.
This week the folks at Facebook are going full-throttle on not just Graph Search, but the privacy measures they've put in place to make sure people don't fear its arrival. You'll find that the "How Privacy Works with Graph Search" page in Facebook's archives is much more extensive than the actual introduction to Graph Search itself, it including a collection of ways users are going to be able to keep themselves as private as they want. This includes connections, photos, and even locations you've visited in the past, Facebook's developers making it clear how you can assure you'll not be discovered in any position you'd rather not show your friends.
Facebook has long been getting criticism for its privacy practices on its users, and it looks like the CEO's own sister is having issues of her own with the social networking giant. Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, complained on Twitter when a photo she posted that was meant to be set as private ended up being public somehow.
Facebook has rolled out the first wave of privacy changes that it has had planned for awhile now. Users in New Zealand are seeing new notifications and menus that are part of the changes. According to a spokesperson who talked with The Next Web, other Facebook users will begin seeing the changes over the course of the next week as the social network wraps up its testing.
It's time again to take a peek at your Facebook Privacy Settings and see if you're still on-board with sharing everything and anything with the public - or if you want to hide it all down deep inside your hidden account. Of course there's no one real way to hide everything you've ever added to Facebook, but the changes made this week make it one whole heck of a lot easier to do some mass-sweeps for your dirty, dirty past.
Facebook's user poll on data privacy issues has closed with only a tiny percentage of the site's users actually taking the time to vote, despite the potential for the social site to increase personal information sharing with third-parties. The vote, which opened on December 3, saw around 669,000 users cast their opinion, the BBC reports, approximately 0.06-percent of the billion-plus membership Facebook claims.
Facebook's confession of a "bunch of mistakes" around privacy and the new measures put in to address FTC and public concerns moving forward have been tentatively welcomed by privacy advocates, though the settlement is being seen as a first step rather than a full solution. The social network conceded to 20 years of biannual privacy reviews in order to pacify the FTC, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg penning a lengthy blog on the various privacy tools and policy blunders that helped enrage identity activists.