Are you concerned about privacy on Facebook and other social sites?

Do you think this is long overdue?

Addressing mounting criticism over privacy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted in a Monday column that “we just missed the mark” and promised “a simpler way to control your information” will arrive soon.

Zuckerberg’s column appears in the Washington Post.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers’ names and other personal details, despite promises they don’t share such information without consent.

The practice sends user names or ID numbers tied to personal profiles being viewed when users click on ads, the WSJ reported.

The problem comes as social networking sites face increasing scrutiny over their privacy practices from consumers, privacy advocates and lawmakers, the WSJ said.

How concerned are you? Are you considering getting rid of your social media accounts?

Or is this just part of contemporary life on the Web?

Should Congress adopt legislation to deal with this issue?

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18 comments Add your comment

Kay Whidby

May 24th, 2010
11:43 am

Zeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Nachos is not worried.

Jason

May 24th, 2010
11:54 am

Already dropped facebook… What a waste of time and energy. Whatever happened to real interaction with friends??

Left Wing

May 24th, 2010
11:54 am

I deleted my FB account week ago and will not sign up until they get their act together:

http://calacanis.com/2010/05/12/the-big-game-zuckerberg-and-overplaying-your-hand/

Not me

May 24th, 2010
12:04 pm

Facebook, never had it, never will. No worries for me.

Patrick

May 24th, 2010
12:26 pm

One of the best ways to stop this, aside from deleting your Facebook or MySpace account, is to use Mozilla Firefox 3.x with Adblock Plus, which blocks pop-up, banner, and all other ads.

Jim

May 24th, 2010
12:44 pm

Yes, it worries me. Let’s face it – privacy is quickly becoming a myth. But for Facebook to so blatantly change from an “opt in” service to an “opt out” service without clearly stating the ramifications to its users is inexcusable. And the seemingly underhanded way in which they did it is alarming.

I truly believe the EFF should investigate; and if found to have intentionally misled users, launch a class action civil suit on behalf of the Facebook User Community.

PeteAtl

May 24th, 2010
12:47 pm

I quit Facebook a couple of weeks ago because they changed the privacy settings without alerting users again. I miss it and don’t feel as connected to acquaintances now, but I still talk to my real friends on the phone/email/in person. Facebook has had its heyday and is on its way out.

J

May 24th, 2010
1:51 pm

No, I’m not worried, because I dumped facebook a year ago; how do you think facebook makes money? Do you think they host your pictures and stuff out of the goodness of their hearts? They’re selling your personal information to whoever is willing to pay for it.

Sarah

May 24th, 2010
2:18 pm

I have been on Facebook since they first started years ago, and I have been tempted to quit so many times in the last year. Their incessant pushing to add more and more friends, regardless of whether or not a relationship exists, their tricky and misleading “privacy” settings, and now their move to make all of your interests, books, TV shows public information by linking it to a page…it’s really obnoxious. I feel like I have to continuously monitor my privacy settings. I know that Facebook has to make money, I understand that they’re not offering their services out of the kindness of their hearts, but I feel like there are better ways to do so than the ways they are currently using. I would even happily pay a few dollars a month to use it, if it meant my profile could be 100% private and that they wouldn’t keep trying to harvest my information for their ad purposes.

Brad

May 24th, 2010
2:26 pm

I’ve stopped using facebook except to receive messages. I deleted all my old posts, and all my information.

Dee

May 24th, 2010
3:22 pm

Did you delete or deactivate your account? They are two different things, you should make sure if you don’t. Facebook doesn’t make it very easy to permanently delete your account. Copies of some your personal material (photos, notes, etc.) remain on there servers for so called technical reasons for a period of time after that.

Take a look at how to permanently delete vs. deactivating your account:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20005556-245.html?tag=mncol

shaggy

May 24th, 2010
3:54 pm

Concerned? No, can’t say I am. I don’t belong to social network sites. Posting on a message board is about it for me.
I had enough of that crap with Yahoo briefcase. I saw the abuse potential then and decided to let the masses play.

ITS JUST ME

May 24th, 2010
4:06 pm

Nope, since I have all my setting set to private and I dont put anything other then what I feel is safe posted, if my info gets out then facebook is the one who should be worried. Since my setting are set to private and all.

James B Griffin

May 24th, 2010
7:36 pm

FB treats its users as if we are suckers. It makes me wonder what they are really all about.

backlash

May 24th, 2010
7:49 pm

There is definitely quite an anti-Facebook and privacy movement out there (http://www.socialnews.biz/tag/Facebook). But I enjoy communicating with others and I keep only limited info on FB.

Bobby

May 25th, 2010
9:27 am

I deleted my facebook account just over two weeks ago due to FB’s arrogance with my personal information. The last straw was when they wanted to link parts of my profile to public information and if I objected they removed the parts of my profile I would not let them link.

FB could be a very good product but until they resolve their personal security issues I simply don’t trust them, so I decided they were best not being a part of my internet life.

Racewalkerat44

May 30th, 2010
11:40 am

I am very concerned. I quickly changed my security settings so no one can find my profile by searching my name from the internet, and yet I was able to google my name and up comes a link to my full FB profile! It was in a foreign language I did not recognize, but there was my full name and the link works fine. I am seriously considering dropping my account. I use Facebook to keep up with family and friends around the world, so I don’t want people finding me via the internet.

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