In its latest privacy blunder, the social networking site was forced to confirm that it has been constantly tracking its 750million users, even when they are using other sites.
The social networking giant says the huge privacy breach was simply a mistake – that software automatically downloaded to users’ computers when they logged in to Facebook ‘inadvertently’ sent information to the company, whether or not they were logged in at the time. Continue reading →
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) wants answers. Security researchers today revealed the existence of a file on iPhones and on their computer backups that logs detailed cell phone triangulation data—and has ever since iOS 4 was released last summer. The information is stored unencrypted by default, and is simple to access. That announcement led Franken to fire off a two-page letter (PDF) today, asking nine pointed questions of Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
The letter concludes with a list of questions.
Why does Apple collect and compile this location data? Why did Apple choose to initiate tracking this data in its iOS 4 operating system?
Time Magazine’s May 31 issue will hit newsstands with a cover and feature story dedicated to the “scary” side of Facebook.
The cover art pays homage to the Facebook generation with a mosaic of 1,295 Facebook profile photos, accompanied by a blurb from the feature article: “Facebook …and how it’s redefining privacy. With nearly 500 million users, Facebook is connecting us in new (and scary) ways.”
The feature article by Dan Fletcher delves inside Facebook () and its methodologies for hooking new users and explores the historical events leading up to present-day privacy concerns around Open Graph and instant personalization.
The Twitterverse is going crazy with this story and I peeped it on a few social sites before I took a minute out of my day I peep it for my damn self. Interesting, let us know what your thoughts are. Remember besides Wall Street funding the Obama candidacy Silicon Valley was the first ones to crawl into the sack in the Lincoln Bedroom.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Facebook’s efforts to build a business model around its online social network have hit another roadblock, as a backlash by its users forced the company to reverse a new policy.
The dispute involves changes that Facebook had made to its terms of service agreement. Some critics said the changes appeared to give the company a perpetual right to content that users post on the network.
People Against the new Terms of Service, a Facebook group created to oppose the changes, counted more than 88,000 users on Wednesday.
The about-face by Facebook underscores the sensitivity that many consumers have about their personal data, even on sites where they freely share information about their lives with online friends.
And it reflects the challenges facing Facebook as it seeks to squeeze money out of its network of 175 million users and to offset the costs of its rapid growth.
Facebook is quickly burning through its initial funding, said Sanford Bernstein analyst Jeffrey Lindsay. Among other things, the social network needs to pay for the computers and equipment that host its online service around the world.
“That’s real money,” said Lindsay. “They’re realizing that they have to get a business model.” Continue reading →
Facebook on Monday said it is not usurping users’ content despite changing service terms to claim “perpetual worldwide license” to anything posted at the social-networking website.
Changes to terms of service were necessary to keep in step with how people share pictures, comments and other information in the popular online community, according to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
“We wouldn’t share your information in a way you wouldn’t want,” Zuckerberg said in an online posting addressing concerns.
“The trust you place in us as a safe place to share information is the most important part of what makes Facebook work.”
Under the terms of service, Facebook has rights to freely use anything people add to the website even after members delete material or close accounts.
“It is common language in every website because their cut-throat lawyer says you need to cover yourself,” said Future of Privacy Forum director Jules Polonetsky.
“This doesn’t mean that Facebook can make a mini-series on your life or write a book about you, but they might be able to create a feed that lets your friends on Twitter know what you’re doing. Folks should just calm down.” Continue reading →