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Dec
09

Privacy advocates slam Facebook change

Privacy advocates slammed revamped Facebook privacy controls on Thursday, saying the change masks a move to get members to expose more information online.

“Facebook’s new changes are obviously intended to get people to open up even more of their Facebook data to the public,” EFF lawyer Kevin Bankston said in a blog post.

“The Facebook privacy transition tool is clearly designed to push users to share much more of their Facebook info with everyone, a worrisome development that will likely cause a major shift in privacy level for most of Facebook’s users, whether intentionally or inadvertently.”

Prior to the change, Facebook users could keep everything but their names and networks private.

A newly created “public” category at Facebook now includes names, profile pictures, home cities, pages users have joined as “fans,” gender and friend lists.

“Facebook’s system now is if I am friends with you, I am friends with all the stupid apps you run too,” Ozer said. “Even if your friend takes a quiz, they could be giving away your personal information.”

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