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Lovers of irony take note: Mark Zuckerberg's sister Randi has complained about a Facebook privacy breach.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris addresses the media at a press conference this afternoon in San Francisco. (Credit: Elinor Mills/CNET) SAN FRANCISCO--California's Office of the Attorney General has gotten agreements from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, and Research In Motion to improve privacy protections on mobile apps.
Mobile application marketplaces, developers and service providers need to do a better job of protecting children's privacy, according to an Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report released Thursday. The report was based on an FTC survey that found mobile apps for children aren't upfront about what they're doing with user data. “At the FTC, one of our highest priorities is protecting children’s privacy, and parents deserve the tools to help them do that,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz in a statement. "Right now, it is almost impossible to figure out which apps collect data and what they do with it. The kids app ecosystem needs to wake up, and we want to work collaboratively with industry to help ensure parents have the information they need.”
Kids today enjoy unprecedented access to the Internet. In fact, children ages 8 to 18 spend an average of an hour and a half each day using a computer outside of schoolwork. While the Internet remains an incredible tool for learning and communicating, it has also become a way to track and target children’s online behavior.
From day one, Mark Zuckerberg wanted Facebook to become a social utility. He succeeded. Facebook is now a utility for many. The problem with utilities is that they get regulated. Yesterday, I ranted about Facebook and “radical transparency.”
I’m sitting in a talk listening to Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare (that’s a photo of Dennis during the talk above). I’m sure you’ve heard of Foursquare, but with it we check in. In the building there are 101 other people checked in. Keep in mind this is NOT New York.
I've always thought that in the venture capital business you either want to be very early or very late but not in the middle. I've also thought you either want to be a boutique with a few investors or an institution with many, but never in the middle with the bureaucracy of an institution but without the scale. And I think privacy is like that.
I'm not ready to give up on Facebook yet, like my friend Jason Perlow , but I can understand why he's sick to death of it. The simple truth is that Facebook takes lousy care of your personal information and is happy to sell it to advertisers at the drop of a hat. Now, I lead a pretty public life and I really don't care if anyone knows, for example, that I like watching Dr. Who ; reading the books of Terry Pratchett , or listening to alt.country music . But, I don't want people 'listening' in to my IM (instant message) conversations or Facebook quietly adding applications to my account without me knowing. Facebook is already full of games like Farmville and Mafia Wars that are always trying to get my attention when I have less than zero interest in them.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told a live audience yesterday that if he were to create Facebook again today, user information would by default be public, not private as it was for years until the company changed dramatically in December.
UPDATE on Thursday, Dec. 10: We've been providing updates about our new privacy controls and answering your most common questions here on the blog . In addition to the video explaining the transition process for privacy settings, we've posted tutorials about using the new Privacy Settings page here and the Publisher privacy controls here . Today, we're launching new tools to give you even greater control over the information you share. Mark Zuckerberg, our founder and CEO, talked about these changes in his post last week . They include a simpler privacy settings page and a tool to control the audience for each and every post you create.
We reported yesterday that Facebook is aiming to get people to be more public on the site and that anyone who hasn't changed their privacy settings will now see it "recommended" that their status updates, photos etc. be exposed to the whole web.
UPDATE on June 24: We've received some questions in the comments about default privacy settings for this beta. Nothing has changed with your default privacy settings. The beta is only open to people who already chose to set their profile and status privacy to "Everyone." For those people, the default for sharing from the Publisher will be the same.
When the President of the United States warns schoolchildren to watch what they say and do on Facebook , you know that we've got a problem...and it's not one limited to the U.S.'s borders, either. People everywhere are mindlessly over-sharing on the world's largest social network , without a second thought as to who's reading their posts or what effect it could have on them further down the road.
Facebook statistics show that it has 250 million active users each with an average 120 friends. More than 1 billion photos are uploaded every month by its users, over 70% of whom use applications like games and quizzes in Facebook. Unfortunately, most users don’t know the implications of entering personal information, making friends, and playing games on Facebook. This guide will show what you can (and cannot) do to safeguard your Facebook privacy.