UPDATE: October 20, 2010
On Monday the Wall Street Journal broke about a Facebook privacy debacle. Many of the most popular apps, including FarmVille, have been transmitting personally identifiable data to outside companies. The data was being transmitted to ad networks to help them build user profiles in order to better target ads. In response, Google engineer Brian Kennish has created a Chrome browser plugin called Facebook Disconnect that prevents your browser from sending data to Facebook servers as you surf the web. Source:The Daily Feed#47
It’s the Victoria Day long weekend north of the 49th parallel and our visitors are discussing the recent Facebook privacy scandal. Some say there are far too many sophisticated hacks and criminals who know how to manipulate anything Facebook, or any other social networking apps can come up with in the way of protection. Maybe membership is just not worth it. Others say if you don’t want your information shared, don’t post it.
May 31 has been declared “Quit Facebook Day“, with just under 14,000 committed Facebook quitters signed up so far. The site’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, broke his silence over the recent privacy storm in an email to well-known tech blogger Robert Scoble over the weekend, admitting he had made a “bunch of mistakes” and promising changes. Sydney Morning Herald
Sexy Facebook video masks malware attack
Another Facebook malware attack is underway this weekend. Facebook users who click a “Distracting Beach Babes” video on their Facebook Walls and click the download link will be installing malware on their computers. Mashable
According to a new survey of 1,588 Facebook users by Sophos IT security firm, 16 % of those polled have stopped using Facebook as they cannot control their data, 60 % are considering leaving, and only only 24% of users aren’t considering joining the exodus. WebProNews
Privacy and the advertising siphon
The irony of the recent Facebook privacy debacle is that Facebook is actually attempting to give users more control, while third-parties are simultaneously stripping users of it. All Facebook
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. Wall Street Journal
MySpace on May 17 announced plans to simplify its privacy settings as it seeks to differentiate itself from social network rival Facebook, which has eclipsed the News Corp.-owned social networking service. MontrealGazette
Click an ad in a social network and you’re identified
Did you know this? When surfing the web if you click an advertisement the web will conceals your identity. But if you click advertisements on social networking sites, your username will not be concealed, and it will be traced to your profiles page(s) on social networks in order to and acquire your personal information.
Facebook went further than other sites, in some cases signalling which user name or ID was clicking on the ad as well as the user name or ID of the page being viewed. By seeing what ads a user clicked on, an advertiser could tell something about a user’s interests. Emirates Business