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The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook. About Facebook is a great service.

The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook

I have a profile, and so does nearly everyone I know under the age of 60. However, Facebook hasn't always managed its users' data well. In the beginning, it restricted the visibility of a user's personal information to just their friends and their "network" (college or school). Over the past couple of years, the default privacy settings for a Facebook user's personal information have become more and more permissive.

This blog post by Kurt Opsahl at the the EFF gives a brief timeline of Facebook's Terms of Service changes through April of 2010. Let me be clear about something: I like Facebook. DPI. Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback. WSJ on What They Know. Bigbrotherinc. 'Scrapers' Dig Deep for Data on the Web. The Surveillance Catalog - The Wall Street Journal. As the Internet has grown to handle more data, monitoring companies have had to keep up.

The Surveillance Catalog - The Wall Street Journal

Interception now can mean taking all the traffic from the Internet backbone and funneling it through devices that inspect the packets of data, determine what is inside them, and make decisions about whether to copy them for law enforcement. Facebook data storage. 600,000 hacks a day, welcome to Facebook. SANS Security Analytics survey Every 24 hours 600,000 Facebook accounts are subject to attempted hacking or violation, Facebook has revealed.

600,000 hacks a day, welcome to Facebook

The Social Network™ disclosed details of hacking activity as it unveiled new measures to protect user’s privacy. Facebook explains why it tracks you even when you're logged out. Cookies have been a feature of the web for as long as I can remember. In many cases they are a useful feature to have as they remember your preferences and limit the amount of times you need to login to a service you have signed up for. But there is a dark side to cookie use in the form of them tracking where you go . The advice to anyone concerned about tracking through cookies is to use a good cookie clean-up utility and log out of sites you believe to be tracking you around the web. But in the case of Facebook it turns out that logging out of your account is not enough–Facebook continues to track you.

This is possible because when you log out of Facebook the associated cookies are not deleted off your machine. This logged out tracking was discovered by the Australian writer and hacker Nik Cubrilovic and confirmed logging out is no longer enough. On Nik’s post where he detailed his findings, Facebook engineer Gregg Stefancik took the time to respond in the comments section. Either Mark Zuckerberg got a whole lot less private or Facebook's CEO doesn't understand the company's new privacy settings. FB tracking on Like-button sites. Personal Data Requests. Facebook Friend Ranking. Industry Tinkers to Create Privacy Tools for Mobile Devices - Transparent Society doesn't work. David Brin here, responding to Analee's - ahem - somewhat inaccurate portrayal of my work and arguments and beliefs.

Transparent Society doesn't work

Look, I like a good argument as much as anybody. But it can be nice when people actually bother to read-up on the opinions of another person, before publicly setting up a false strawman and proclaiming "this is what he believes! " In this case, alas - while I like and respect Analee and io9 - this is simply beyond acceptable: "For decades now, science fiction author David Brin has been arguing that technology is pushing us towards a "transparent society" where we lose our privacy but gain "transparent" systems of authority to make up for it. " Ah. In fact, anyone who actually cracked open a copy of The Transparent Society would find a nuanced and thoughtful appraisal that takes no cartoony position. One that freedom essentially allows. I do go on to show that these things must come in that order, freedom above-all... and then some privacy.

Hide from the eyes. Naive? By you. Pseudonomity. The Nymwars rage on.


Over the past several weeks Google has been engaged in a very public struggle with its users over its “real names” policy on Google+, prompting blog posts and editorials debating the pros and cons of allowing pseudonymous accounts on social networking sites. But there is one person for whom insisting on the use of real names on social networking sites is not enough. Unsurprisingly, that person is Facebook’s Marketing Director, Randi Zuckerberg. Speaking last week on a panel discussion about social media hosted by Marie Claire magazine, Zuckerberg said, I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away. Take a moment and let that sink in. The problem with the civility argument is that it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Online Tracking

Public Privacy. Resources. Standardization of Personal Data. This statement may seem self-evident, but the revolution in information technology has created a growing list of exceptions.

Standardization of Personal Data

Your grocery store knows what you like to eat and can probably make educated guesses about other foods you might enjoy. Your wireless carrier knows whom you call, and your phone may know where you’ve been. And your search engine can finish many of your thoughts before you are even done typing them. Companies are accumulating vast amounts of information about your likes and dislikes. But they are doing this not only because you’re interesting. Google. Tools. Reputation.

Right to be Forgotten