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.

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Interact: Test Yourself

April 22, 2010

This is the easiest and perhaps most interesting and critical test you could do this month. Never mind your exams. We’ve tried this the last few months and are disgusted with the results.

1. Do this: Search your “First & Last Name” + “Facebook” – and don’t use Google, that ‘s like failing the test before even starting. Use Scroogle and keep track of the results.

A. How is your online presence represented? Overall how do you come off looking?
B. How much do you appear in the public forum?
C. Is what you’re doing in the public forum something that you’d get shit for if the TSA started using Google’s public forum to screen you?
D. Would you delete your full profile right now if Facebook made everything in your profile public today?

2. Tell us in a comment what you expected to see and what the results were.

It’s frightening to see one thing, let along 12 when you’re using a network that was promoted to be closed and then opened up against your wishes. What will they share about you next? It’s safe to bet it could be as shitty as what is on your police or CIA record… except worse because it would be full-out public where it’s hard to prove shit like employment and economic/income discrimination. No one likes to be singled-out. It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and there are a lot of shitass dogs. Why make yourself more vulnerable than you already are?

We’ve got a lot to go in and clean up ourselves and we suggest you get to it too.

Happy “Deleting!”


Fedbook: Taking Away Your Access

April 1, 2010

It’s clear where Facebook stands in respect to business ethics and their user’s rights. They couldn’t care less.

First there was Beacon in 2007 where Facebook’s user activity was openly shared with outside companies unbeknownst to the user. A lawsuit was filed and eventually Beacon was canceled in 2009.

Coincidentally in 2009, Facebook made some unannounced changes to its privacy policy on general search engine accessibility to its user’s Profiles. Once hidden Profile details, Photo albums, Groups details, and Page details had been reset to unhidden, or in other terms made live for search engines to crawl over and store in their own databases.

This means people’s private information was made available online for anyone searching for them.

i.e. Pictures from high school, parties, intimate moments, etc… were now searchable by any interested party.

“Facebook estimates that 20% to 30% of users change their privacy settings. Facebook selected the default privacy settings to reflect what they thought users want.”

(Make sure to write Facebook [ ops@facebook.com and abuse@facebook.com ] and thank them for making such a thoughtful decision to invade your privacy on behalf of only 20 or 30 percent of it’s hundred million users.)

At the top of 2010 Facebook completely changed its user interface in a spectacular overhaul of how user’s information is managed and viewed. The change was so excessive and took so many people by surprise that it was met with a great dissatisfaction from its users across the globe. At that same time Mark Zuckerberg also announced that privacy is no longer relevant. Meanwhile Facebook is staying private about its affairs.

Moral-less Capitalists argue that Facebook shouldn’t be obligated to handle user information responsibly since the service is “free” but that argument is more of a narrow-minded, self-preservationists ideal rather than the real issue. Time and personal information are both extremely valuable commodities of which users are paying with, to use the Facebook service. It isn’t “free,” users are paying.

Overall – this timeline represents a small fraction of how Facebook has misused its user’s personal information. These are just the stories that have been thoroughly proven enough to make it to the mainstream media. And while some stories make it and others do not, the common thread in the reports and the business practice of Facebook is an endeavor to limit your access to your own personal information:

  • You filled out personal details, they took it away.
  • You posted on friend’s walls and want to look it over two-weeks later, they’ve kept that information unsearchable.
  • You once had search fields to traverse the events, groups and pages, listings – those search tools have been revoked as well.
  • Facebook once started out as a simple and functional way to keep track of co-workers, friends, classmates, and family. It is no longer simple and accessible, and therefore is no longer a tool of functionality. In the past five-years Facebook has intentionally morphed into a frustratingly inaccessible human data farm unless of course, you are a corporation in need of profit generating statistics.

    Happy sharing!


    Share: A Bit Much? You Decide.

    March 26, 2010

    OK I forgot I have a gig tomorrow so I wont be able to focus on another “privacy related,” or “malfunction related” log update – And I already shared an important story on erosion of the laws of personal privacy that govern your world.

    So instead of posting something I’ve collected, or punching you with another story, I’m going to change it up once more and post a video that … well when I first saw it I thought to myself, “what a bunch of tinfoil hat wearing motherfuckers.” But now that I’ve done my research and have started collecting the problems related to Facebook that people are having, I’m starting to think maybe I was a little harsh. How about I’ll let you be the judge?!

    I like the most recent comment:

    IBMeddling (2 weeks ago)
    “When I hear people say “As long as you’re doing nothing wrong you have nothing to worry about” I think of the book “Diary of Anne Frank'”

    Share: The Erosion of Our Legal Protections

    March 25, 2010

    Today I am taking a break. No not really, I wish I could. Actually what I am doing today is sharing a well written explanation about how your apathy towards your Personal Privacy VS. the Government and Corporations is dangerous.

    Read up! Zoe Kleinman knows it, Dr Kieron O’Hara, and you should too.

    How online life distorts privacy rights for all

    By Zoe Kleinman
    Technology Reporter, BBC News
    Page last updated at 11:08 GMT, Friday, 8 January 2010

    People who post intimate details about their lives on the internet undermine everybody else’s right to privacy, claims an academic.

    Dr Kieron O’Hara has called for people to be more aware of the impact on society of what they publish online.

    “If you look at privacy in law, one important concept is a reasonable expectation of privacy,” he said.

    “As more private lives are exported online, reasonable expectations are diminishing.”

    The rise of social networking has blurred the boundaries of what can be considered private, he believes – making it less of a defence by law.

    We live in an era that he terms “intimacy 2.0” – where people routinely share extremely personal information online.

    “When our reasonable expectations diminish, as they have, by necessity our legal protection diminishes.”

    Dr O’Hara, a senior research fellow in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, gave the example of an embarrassing photo taken at a party.

    A decade ago, he said, there would have been an assumption that it might be circulated among friends.

    But now the assumption is that it may well end up on the internet and be viewed by strangers.

    Raging debate

    Privacy has long been a thorny issue but there were very few court cases until that of former motorsport boss Max Mosley in 2008.

    Mr Mosley sued the News of the World over the publication in the newspaper of explicit photos of him secretly taken during an orgy.

    He argued that the publication of the photos was an unwarranted breach of his privacy – and won.

    Mr Mosley had taken steps to keep his private life private but Dr O’Hara’s concern is that other people’s disregard for privacy online will spill over into other walks of life.

    As debates continue to rage over whether the new airport body scanners and CCTV are an infringement of privacy or useful protection, some argue that it already has.

    “Recent security decisions have become a privacy discussion – but if security suffers, the community suffers,” Dr O’Hara said.

    He was due to deliver his research paper at the annual Media Communication and Cultural Studies Association (Meccsa) conference held at the London School of Economics from 6-8 January.


    Fedbook: Privacy? Who needs privacy when you can post everything on to Google?!

    March 24, 2010

    What is this that you are posting today, “persons behind the Facebook Watchdog?”

    Certainly not your state’s winning lottery numbers. SORRY!

    No, unfortunately I don’t have the good numbers to share with you, just the shaddy-ass numbers of the Facebook IP address that turned up in a search engine. BTW, I tend to use Scroogle as a search engine because it doesn’t store your searches and attribute them to you indefinitely, like Google does.

    Anyway what we have here, the picture below this post, is what turned up after doing a search for something that was completely unrelated to Facebook. I was searching online for my friend’s artsy work. (Usually if their work gets published somewhere or used in a campaign, I send my good pal a link so they can add their new accomplishment to their growing portfolio. I know, I’m a nice friend.) In the same breath of this search a completely unrelated Facebook post, that should be considered “private” by Facebook settings, turned up on the search engine. SHOCKING !?!?!?!?

    But not really – more like (sarcasm) SHOCKING!!?!?! (/sarcasm)

    OK so there’s a link with information that’s supposed to be private all up on the World Wide Web for anyone to see, and when you click on the search engine’s link you get to see all of this person’s personal notes, which are **supposed to be** hidden and private.

    The issue and problem: The two people involved in this ‘incident against their privacy,’ both have their privacy settings set up to hide their notes from the public on Facebook. They expect this sort of personal information to never leak to outside search engine databases. Their trust in Facebook’s user UNfriendly policy has been broken because this information most definitely has been leaked, and is now on outside databases forever – against their wishes and all thanks to Facebook and it’s offense against the user’s right to privacy.

    Take a look at the screen shot below.
    Regardless if you have an account on Facebook or not, this infringement on personal privacy is most certainly applicable to you too: