Share: Facebook Get’s Called Out Everywhere – Except Here …

June 29, 2010

German, British and Canadian Governments are monitoring Facebook’s assault of the general definition of privacy. Meanwhile the shameless free market fundamentalists who’ve wormed themselves into the American Government, in great numbers, are giving “favors” and trading players…

BERLIN, AP – Facebook still isn’t doing enough to protect users’ data, Germany’s consumer protection minister said Thursday, adding that she plans to give up her account.

The minister, Ilse Aigner, first raised concerns about Facebook two months ago, urging the network to upgrade its privacy settings.

Last week, in response to a backlash among users, Facebook announced that it was simplifying its privacy controls and applying them retroactively, so users can protect the status updates and photos they posted in the past.

Those changes were “a first step in the right direction, but I still have my doubts as to whether these improvements will really bring a true turning point,” Aigner said after meeting Richard Allan, Facebook’s director of European public policy.

Aigner said the meeting “unfortunately confirmed my skepticism.”

She said she plans to leave the network, but will remain in contact with Facebook managers and “will not rest until data protection is improved decisively.”

The changes so far aren’t enough “to protect the privacy of users and to comply with our German law, which has higher standards than elsewhere in the world and America,” Aigner added.

She complained that the network’s data protection system remains too complicated and geared toward opting out of sharing information rather than opting in.

Aigner has also harshly criticized Google Inc. for failing to respect German data protection regulations through its Street View mapping program.


Fedbook: They Sold Your Ass Out… AGAIN!!!!!!

April 21, 2010

YOU’VE (we’ve) BEEN SOLD OUT

And so my lovelies, *It* has finally arrived.
Behold! Facebook’s new affront on your right to privacy!

Just a few short weeks ago Facebook announced a new way they’re going to sell you out to snake companies and at that time, they told us they hadn’t really thought about how, and if the we deserved an “opt out.” Sounds buzz-tastically familiar?


Well the news is here, and here it is!:



Let’s capture that exact fact in time:


And who exactly are these listed “partner sites”? You wont find that information in Facebook’s Site Governance profile or in their “Help Center.”

TECHNICAL USEFULNESS

If you’ve wondered where the cutting edge development has gone in Facebook’s technical usefulness, this is where the development has run off to: Facebook is no longer focused on making a worthwhile, trusty platform with the user in mind, they’re more interested in making a platform with the benefit of shit-ass companies in mind.

Oh technical usefulness! You cheating whore!

CRACKING THE CODE

In light of this news and Facebook’s attempt to sugar coat the truth, we here at Facebook Watchdog have spent a fortnight, tons, of time and “lots and lots of money” in cracking the OH SO FANTASTICALLY TOUGH CODE on Facebook’s new promotional explanation page.

We know this page says ONE thing, but we’ve figured out what it REALLY means. Have a look wont you!

“OPTING OUT”

So in the grand scheme of things, with this new announcement Facebook has indeed offered a convoluted “Opt-Out.” Last month they didn’t feel like they needed to give us one, this month they’ve provided their users a carefully worded choice to “Opt-Out” of Social Plugins – however you still can’t “Opt-Out” from the newly deemed, “Facebook Public Information.”

Anyway we went ahead and followed the steps of this very generous offer…

There you have it! Facebook’s new run on your privacy and your personal exploitation. We’re not surprised here given the company’s track record. It’ll be interesting what legalities, if any arise from this. We doubt the U.S. Government gives a shit about the user’s right since that shit’s all kinds of sold out to lobbies…

What exactly would a D.C. based Facebook lobby look like?

Happy Facebooking!!!!


Privacy Fail: The Gaping Hole

April 5, 2010

In the spirit of privacy issues, Facebook chat is a gaping hole within Facebook’s “secure” network.

[Dear Facebook, Inc.]

Topic: Limited Profile Person Showing Up In My Chat

I have a person in two groups. 1. Limited Profile and 2. High School. This person cannot see my profile the way an unlimited profile group can but they can still chat me even though the “Limited Profile” chat is closed. Is this a glitch that they can see me via another group on the chat panel or not? If not you (Facebook) need to make it so I can hide individuals from chat rather than via whole groups. Groups just organize individuals into mental associations and since Facebook disabled years of associative data in the last year, groups have become very necessary tools of association even more so. This is not cool this person can see me in the chat panel and I don’t want to see them. In the screen shot you can see a person named Kris – this is what I do not want to see at all.


NOTE: The person who submitted this issue has told me it’s been at least 4-months and Facebook has never responded to, or fixed the issue.

Happy Facebooking!


Fedbook: Facebook will share your info and … “The opt-out hasn’t been built yet.”

March 29, 2010

In a recent announcement, Facebook is going to share your personal information in a campaign that could rival the Beacon, and recent December 09 Privacy Policy changes…

you can click this image to get to the actual interview:

There is no Opt Out folks. You aren't worth one.