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The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook

The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook
About Facebook is a great service. 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. Data The data for this chart was derived from my interpretation of the Facebook Terms of Service over the years, along with my personal memories of the default privacy settings for different classes of personal data. I welcome data corrections, so please leave a comment below if you have better numbers to share. Types of Personal Data Audiences Implementation About me

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