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How We Rate Facebook's Privacy Efforts

facebook_privacyFacebook has announced major changes in the way it allows you to handle privacy decisions—and the changes are good. It's easier to make sure you control who sees your private information, not Facebook.

Is your privacy now better protected on Facebook?

Yes, but here's the rub: despite Facebook's actions to make it easier for you to set your privacy settings, its still easy for you to give away more information than you mean to. Why? Despite what Facebook says about honoring your privacy rights, it hasn't made the one simple change that would really protect you: it hasn't made the default setting on every item "maximum privacy."

Maximum privacy: the least amount of your information is shared. Unless you tell Facebook to change your settings, they would always be set on the most restrictive setting.

Right now, many of Facebook's settings still give you minimum privacy. Facebook assumes the opposite: unless you make a real effort to tell them "no", Facebook shares as much about you as they can to as many people and companies as possible.

What to do now:

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May 2010