Facebook “Places” Feature + Information They Are Sharing About You

Another change to the privacy and statement of rights documents is more troubling. Facebook says that it will now be sharing some “general information” about you with pre-approved sites if you have an account. Essentially, it sounds like the company is automatically turning on Facebook Connect at certain sites without your permission, and has yet to announce what these pre-approved sites are. Facebook defines “general information” pretty broadly as:

“…your and your friends’ names, profile pictures, gender, connections, and any content shared using the Everyone privacy setting. We may also make information about the location of your computer or access device and your age available to applications and websites…”

First are some clues about the social network’s upcoming location-based features. We still have no firm details about how it will function, but a change in language, with a brief explanation, reveals that Facebook doesn’t intend to simply slap a lat-long tag on your status updates and call it a day. The word “place” has now been substituted for “location,” which, as spokesman Michael Richter explains on the Facebook blog, could link to a page for a business such as a restaurant.

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