Privacy Advocates Slam Facebook Change
December 11, 2009
In the past week Facebook finally posted its updated privacy controls and policy. Many media outlets are reporting that these new controls do anything but protect ones privacy. In our effort to further educate employers about using social networking sites for background screening our case is sustained further to job seekers who are worried about what someone can find. As a screening company we are all for open information to employers, however, in many cases the information is misleading and even fraudulent.
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Privacy advocates slammed revamped Facebook privacy controls on Thursday, saying the change masks a move to get members to expose more information online.
“These new privacy changes aren’t so great for privacy,” said Nicole Ozer, northern California technology and civil liberties policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) rights group.
“It’s great that 350 million people are being asked to think about privacy, but if what Facebook says is true about giving people more control over their information, they have a lot more work to do.”
Online rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) labeled aspects of Facebook’s privacy change “downright ugly.”
The world’s leading online social network fired back, saying its critics are wrong and that time will prove that Facebook is taking “a giant step forward.”
The controversy came a day after Facebook began requiring users to refine settings with a new software tool that lets them specify who gets to be privy to each piece of content uploaded to the website.
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