As Graph Search starts to roll out to more users (it’s still in limited beta, with no date set for global rollout), people may be worried about how it affects their privacy. Marketo recently published an infographic, showing how users can update their profile information to ensure that nothing is compromised within Graph Search.
Even though Facebook’s privacy settings change often, a study by Carnegie Mellon University shows that more users are becoming better at keeping sensitive information off the social network. According to a study of more than 5,000 Facebook profiles, fewer users are making public information such as date of birth and political affiliation. However, confusion over Facebook’s privacy settings has led to an increase in posting of interests such as favorite movies, books, and music — as well as sharing to applications and advertisers.
When you connect with a Facebook application, how often do you pay attention to the fine print of what information the app wants from your profile? MyPermissions has launched a tool that allows users to see what the app wants from your profile, and also lets users delete apps straight from the MyPermissions Cleaner. It wants Facebook users to get a clean and safe start to 2013, also introducing a mobile app.
Cyber-bullying has become a major problem among teenagers, so many of whom have a presence on Facebook or other social media sites. Secure.me, which works to make social media a safer place, released some tips Monday for parents of teens on Facebook in the spirit of National Bullying Awareness Month, in an effort to prevent them from being cyberbullying targets.
People are shocked when Facebook launches new ad products every few days — targeting your search queries, what sites you’ve been to, or taking your Facebook information and injecting it into other websites. You can even upload customer email lists and phone numbers to Facebook, too. But if you want Facebook to be able to measure your return on investment, it must know who the friends are of all your fans.
Not long after Germany reopened its investigation into Facebook’s facial-recognition technology, a German consumer group sent the social network a cease-and-desist letter. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations is ordering Facebook to quit giving third-party applications users’ data without their consent. If the social network doesn’t do this by Sept. 4, the Germans plan to sue.
Have you ever wondered exactly what information Facebook turns over when complying with a request from law enforcement?
Some Facebook applications are still taking more user data than they really need.