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Facebook Privacy Change unHides Profiles from Search

Posted: October 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Privacy Change unHides Profiles from Search

FacebookFacebook has started removing a privacy setting that allowed users to prevent their profile from being searchable on the site. In a statement posted online, Facebook’s chief privacy officer Michael Richter says users who have enabled the feature will be informed of the changes on their Facebook profile and in emails.

Facebook says only a small percentage of users have enabled the setting and the changes will not affect the privacy settings on posts. Facebook says the change is part of an expansion of the search feature on Facebook.

All Facebook users used to have a setting called Who can look up your Timeline by name? controlling who could find you when people typed your name into the Facebook search bar :: Read the full article »»»»


Facebook Timeline: Unearthing Pix You Forgot You Had? or A Stalkers Dream!

Posted: February 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Timeline: Unearthing Pix You Forgot You Had? or A Stalkers Dream!

Facebook Timeline Unearthing Posts You Forgot You Had  A Stalkers DreamLike it or not, Facebook is about to make its new profile format –  Timeline – compulsory.

Over the next few weeks, every Facebook account will be updated with the new-look profile, presenting a scrapbook of all of your past status updates and photographs.

The latest upgrade to Facebook has security experts warning people to clean up their online history or risk having embarrassing photos, comments and status updates resurface.

Facebook will not say exactly when, but sometime in the next month all user profile pages will transition to the new Timeline setting.

The changes mean that every post, photo and action in a Facebook user’s history will be available for friends to easily view in reverse chronological order. Facebook users have had the option to use Timeline since last year.

The problem with Facebook is it keeps changing its default settings, you might not care about the change right now, in 20 years when you’re standing for political office?

Clearly social media sites like Facebook have granted us a much more transparent society. Graham Cluley, a social media security commentator says “Facebook is encouraging users to enter even more personal details about themselves and their life experiences, and making it simpler for others to view the information.” :: Read the full article »»»»

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Facebook Ordered to Overhaul Privacy Controls

Posted: December 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Ordered to Overhaul Privacy Controls

Technoid - Facebook Security UpdateFollowing on from Facebook’s earlier order/agreement with the US Federal Trade Commission – FTC – over allegations it had a deceptive privacy policy.

Under the proposed settlement Facebook will have to submit to independent privacy audits but will not have to fix what it has done in the past.

Facebook must now overhaul privacy protection for more than half a billion users outside North America after a three-month investigation found that its privacy policies were overly complex and lacked transparency.

The probe by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) at the US company’s international headquarters in Dublin found users risked unknowingly publicising personal details.

Users might not be aware, for example, that uploading their photos made them publicly searchable until they changed the setting on their Facebook page.

Facebook’s Ireland office handles all of its users outside the United States and Canada :: Read the full article »»»»


Facebook Agrees to FTC Terms on Privacy Breaches

Posted: November 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Social Media, Standout, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Agrees to FTC Terms on Privacy Breaches

Facebook Privacy Breach

Our favourite social media behemoth Facebook, has reached a deal with the US Federal Trade Commission – FTC – over allegations it had a deceptive privacy policy.

Under the proposed US settlement Facebook will have to submit to independent privacy audits but will not have to fix what it has done in the past.

“I’m the first to admit that we’ve made a bunch of mistakes” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook has agreed to notify users about changes to privacy settings and to submit to external privacy audits for the next 20 years.

The deal must still be upheld by a US court, but it is a capitulation of sorts by the company in the face of widespread outrage from its 800 million users.

Facebook’s relaxed privacy settings have had a major impact on people’s lives :: Read the full article »»»»


Facebook Makes Tinfoil Hats

Posted: March 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Social Media, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Makes Tinfoil Hats
FACEBOOKFacebook prepares to add VOIP services to its expanding social networking empire. All of the stories surrounding Facebook at the moment are small pieces of a puzzle, when you bring them all together an interesting picture develops.
The chatter started with your profile phone numbers being made public. While reports around the wobbly web concentrated on the privacy aspect of this action – which Facebook doesn’t give two whoots about – more important was the building of a facebook phonebook, an important part of any telephone system around the world, the Blue Pages.
The Inquirer reports a VOIP service being in testing. While the VOIP service is a logical extension to Facebook it’s importance is a little more obscure than that. For Facebook to really be aware of what we are doing it needs your phone to be routed through Facebook :: Read the full article »»»»