Friday, November 4, 2011

More Reasons Not To Have Facebook: Half Of Facebook Users 'Can't Keep Up' With Site's Snooping Policies As Privacy Rules Change EIGHT Times In Two Years!

Readers. I have never been a fan of "Facebook" or any of the other so called "Social Networks" and I probably never will.   To me, these are nothing more than spy programs that get a hold of a person's personal information and give that information to very nefarious groups and organizations.   What many people do not understand and are totally oblivous to is the fact that the entire concept of "Facebook" itself was derived from programs developed by criminal organizations such as the Mossad for spying on people! 


To again emphasize the importance of NOT having a "Facebook" account, I want to present the following article from the Mail Online news service out of the UK, at www.dailymail.co.uk, entitled: "Half of Facebook users 'can't keep up' with site's snooping policies as privacy rules change EIGHT times in two years."   It is an important article for primarily those users of Facebook to see how dangerous this so called "Social Network" truly is.   I do have some additional comments to follow:



Half of Facebook users 'can't keep up' with site's snooping policies as privacy rules change EIGHT times in two years


Last updated at 2:23 PM on 3rd November 2011


Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Users said they were confused by the huge number of changes to the privacy policies on the site - and some are unable to keep up
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Users said they were confused by the huge number of changes to the privacy policies on the site - and some are unable to keep up




During the last two years, Facebook has made a bewildering number of changes to its site - many of which can see personal data being laid open to advertisers, 'friends of friends' or the world.

These changes often happen with no warning, and little explanation.

In the last 18 months, Facebook has changed its privacy policies eight times - including changes that automatically tell people where you are, and a change that let third parties access users' telephone numbers and addresses.

In a survey, 48 of users agreed that, 'I can't keep up with the number of changes Facebook has made to its data security settings.'

Dr Robert Reid, scientific policy advisor for Which Computing, which conducted the survey said, 'Multiple changes per month to long-winded policies that are barely notified to users is leaving consumers of the social network feeling confused and powerless.'

Sixty per cent of the 953 users surveyed said that they felt worried about, 'People who are not my friends accessing information about me on Facebook.'

FACEBOOK PRIVACY: ARE YOU UP TO DATE?

March 2010: Facebook upsets privacy watchdogs by offering 'pre-approved' third party access to any profile data.
May 2010: Controls and settings changed.
August 2010: Facebook Places launches - tells friends where you are.
October 2010: Privacy settings change to create 'Groups'.
October 2010: 'See friendship' button offers a 'history' of your friendship.
January 2011: Changes permissions so third-party apps can access public address and phone numbers.
June 2011: Automatic tagging is enabled.
August 2011: Settings menu changes. 
The survey also pointed up real computer-security concerns about the site's cavalier attitude to privacy. 

A worrying 19 per cent of users said that they had never changed their privacy settings.

This potentially leaves open information such as phone numbers, addresses and email addresses, which could be used in identity theft.

'Many users have never changed their privacy settings, and those have do it far less often than Facebook makes changes,' said Dr Reid.

'This may reflect a disregard or lack of awareness for privacy - or, more worryingly, privacy fatigue stimulated by the dizzying number of changes.'

Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at computer-security experts Sophos, said, 'Facebook could improve the way it educates people as to what these changes mean.'

Facebook says that its changes are in response to user demands.

A spokesperson says, 'All of our changes have been designed to give people more control over what they share and make it easier for them to understand who can see their content across Facebook .'


NTS Notes:  Again, I must ask:  Why have a "Facebook" account in the first place when its own security policies put everyone at risk?   How can anyone in their right minds actually trust this so called "Social Network" when their own privacy is open for use for nefarious reasons? 


My recommendation about Facebook still stands to this day:  If you have a so called "Facebook" account... Close it!   The risks of having identity theft alone is too great to maintain such a network for "Socializing".   


More to come


NTS


3 comments:

The Educator said...

Facebook has shown itself to be a CIA/NSA front. If you wish to be tracked and to allow these agencies to have your information, you've been advised and you make that free choice. Zuckerberg's sister, visibly only marginally competent but having certain DNA in common with her brother and thus a mouthpiece, has already indicated her willingness to undermine the US constitution and shield laws regarding anonymity in order to allow truth to prevail in online discussions. That is rather unfortunate, but a clear intent as to how Facebook has and will continue to operate.

mary sullivan said...

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mary sullivan said...

FYI

JEWISH BANKER, MARK CARNEY

http://nachrichtenhauschen.blogspot.com/2011/11/bank-of-canada-governor-jew-mark-carney.html