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Facebook Privacy

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Olivia D

on 16 January 2013

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Transcript of Facebook Privacy

Over the past 9 years, Facebook has grown from a strictly Harvard students-based website to a multi-billion dollar social media site with over a billion members. Originally called thefacebook.com, Facebook started out in the dorm room of Mark Zukerberg at Harvard University. It would eventually extend to other Ivy League Universities such as Stanford, Yale, and eventually, the world. Facebook has become “one of the world’s most successful social networks”. Facebook has become not only a place for you to share memories, pictures, or day-to-day activities with friends and family, but has also become a massive threat to your security and private information. How can that be? Every status, every like, every picture, every friend, is monitored by the Facebook staff and is available to other Facebook users and provides easy accessibility to information about you that you may want to keep private or only share with your friends.
By 'Liking' something, that page/Facebook can now:
- Track you
- Collect information about the websites you visit
- Allow Facebook to advertise better to you
- Use your name and photo to promote that product/page you 'Liked'

What You may not know...
- Your "Likes" can become a way for people to discriminate against you and can use your interests to make them believe they know you.
- You don't have to keep your Facebook account open in order for Facebook to track you, but will continue doing so until you log out That 'Like' Button is Tracking You - Tailored specifically to you by not only liking a page, but by liking/commenting on status' and pictures, and by posting status' yourself.
- Even if you make one status about something, Facebook will see it and advertise for it (see epilepsy community advertisement). Has Facebook Become a Threat to Your Safety? •"4.7 million “liked” a Facebook page about health conditions or treatments (details an insurer might use against you).
•4.8 million have used Facebook to say where they planned to go on a certain day (a potential tip-off for burglars)
•20.4 million included their birth date, which can be used by identity thieves
•1.6 million liked a page pertaining to racial or ethnic affiliations
•2.3 million liked a page regarding sexual orientation
•7.7 million liked a page pertaining to a religious affiliation
•2.6 million discussed their recreational use of alcohol on their" With so many people eager to share their personal life online, Facebook and other social networks have become a feeding ground for online criminals. Users can fall prey to:
- Identity thieves
- Burglars
- Potential employers
- Bullies
-Etc. - In order to improve advertising, Facebook can now keep a record of websites a user has visited for the past 90 days Facebook, a Window to Your Computer - Posts
- Timeline
- Tagged pictures/posts
- 'About' information What Can People See? It has become very complex and difficult to protect your information:
- To change your settings, the user will "click through more than 50 privacy buttons, which then requires choosing among a total of more than 170 options"
- Facebook's "Help Center" that is provided for the users adds up to more than 45,000 words, taking much time from the user
- If Facebook wants to protect users information, why are they making it so difficult for us to do so? Complex to Protect Since the start of Facebook (formerly known as thefacebook) in 2004, there have been countless privacy breaches:
- 2006: Users couldn't control who could see their updates on their news feeds
- 2007: 'Beacon' was an ad system that would track what users did and purchased on on partnering websites, even if you weren't on Facebook
- 2009: Facebook's privacy settings were updated, making the default for a user sharing their information 'public'
- 2010: Private messages were sent to the wrong people
- 2011: The updated timeline now allows people to look through the complete Facebook history of the user
- 2011: The Facebook's 'Like' button
- 2012: Facebook is now partnered with Datalogix which is a company that "tracks customer's purchases when they use a discount loyalty card while shopping, in order to show advertisers whether their ads are working." Privacy Breaches How Can You Protect Your Information? - Think before you type
- Review your privacy settings and exposure
- Know what you can't protect
- "UnPublic" your wall
- Turn off tag suggest
- Block apps
- Don't share every wall post with every friend
- Download 'The Internet Shame Insurance' - this will let you review a post before you post it
- Download an ad block
- Make it so you're the only one who can log into your account
- Deactivate Photo Sync - Upload pictures directly from your cell phone to a private Facebook album
- This will allow Facebook to track you and whoever else may be in your picture
- It has been figured that “Facebook’s mobile app is used by more than 200 million customers each month, and around 300 million images are uploaded to its servers each day.” Advertising Assuming that Facebook will carry on and will become more and more updated, I believe that, in the Dystopian world, there will become a time when you only have to click one thing, and all of your information will be on the internet and anyone can access it - there will be no more privacy.
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