Facebook Forced To Comply With (Some) Users. The most significant of December 2010, when Facebook has completely redesigned its privacy settings to simplify and ensure greater control on the part of the user. Not only the user of the site was secretly pushed to unlock its parameters to agree to share information with everyone, but more shocking still, the very definition of everyone has suddenly changed. Everyone on Facebook has become Everyone on the Internet.
By choosing the new settings recommended by Facebook, so we made all of its public profile and indexable by search engines, often without realizing it.
The Wall Street Journal tells us that now, “Facebook must obtain the consent of users before publishing their data in a form different from that for which they had previously agreed.” Because it was not the case? – Ha ha ha … You are naive, dear reader!
We say it enough: at Facebook, the opacity is more than a job, it is a vocation. Each of the new social network launched by the cache an odious deceit in its promises to make the experience smoother and easier or even change the world. Whatever the amazing functionality or awesome makeover touted by the marketing team, the result is the same: Facebook acquires new private information on its 800 million members, or obtains the right to disseminate always more widely.
Many users have complained and advocacy organizations for privacy were seized. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, among others, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), arguing that the changes implemented by Facebook were dishonest and misleading.
In response, the FTC has put together a deal between Facebook and the U.S. government, the two entities are expected to sign very soon according to the Wall Street Journal. The agreement prohibits Facebook to broaden the audience with access to private data from users without their explicit consent. It also states that Facebook will be subject to regular audits and independent during the next twenty years.
A similar agreement was signed this year by Google, to prevent recurrence of the unfortunate experience Buzz, which involved the Internet for public availability of their Gmail address book. Twitter, meanwhile, will pay its shortcomings in security by submitting to audits of privacy for 10 years. It’s long. For the record, The Wall Street Journal also said that the FTC had to fight hard for Facebook agrees to be monitored for twenty years: social network hoped that the period is limited to five years. As I said above. The opacity is a vocation.