OK, here is a nice visual about the gradual loss of privacy on Facebook:
As I have noted for the last 6 weeks, Facebook is NOT your friend and is making every effort to expose your personal information. And remember that the only way to not publicly share some of your information is to delete the information in question. However, that won’t do much good now that 3rd party developers are no longer being required to delete any personal data they have harvested.
Today I made my last post to Facebook. I’m writing this post to expound more on my reasons why.
They are radically changing their stance on privacy
Read this article on CNN for details.
This is a big deal. Facebook is couching it in terms of “Transformative” and “revolutionary”, but all they’re really doing is gradually moving control over your personal information from you to them with the ultimate goal of “monetizing” that information – the polite way these days of saying they’ll be making money by selling that information to outside parties.
There is one HUGE part of the announcement that appears to have flown under the radar – and is in my opinion, the most worrisome issue: Facebook is dropping the requirement for Facebook App developers to delete your personal information after 24 hours! This means EVERY SINGLE APP you have authorized now can harvest your information and they are not required to delete it! If you want to know how scary that is, follow the steps in the linked Lifehacker.com article to view every app you’ve authorized to have access to your personal information. I suspect most people will be shocked about that.
Now, I am not necessarily a private person, and I don’t much have an issue with putting my info out there – but it’s been MY CHOICE. I cannot in good conscience use or support any application or service that does not let the end user have ultimate control over the use of their personal information – no matter how trivial. Until Facebook changes its privacy polices back to the way they were prior to March 26, 2010, I will not be posting, reading, getting notifications or generally interacting at all with Facebook. However, I have not completely deactivated my account simply because I have pictures and other information already up there that others have linked to and I don’t want to break those links; also if Facebook changes their policies I will be happy to return to Facebook and don’t particularly care about going through the account reactivation process.
I do apologize to my friends and family who normally use Facebook to contact me, but I would hope everyone understands my position and why I feel I need to take this stand. Granted I’m only one person, but personal privacy is one thing I have ALWAYS felt very strongly about.
Since I am self aware enough to realize I love to talk about myself, I will be posting here more regularly and you can follow me on twitter (@critter42). If you do want to chat with me, I’m always on Google Talk (tho’ if I don’t respond immediately, it may be I’m at work and am busy, don’t be upset!) – critter42 ( a.t. ) gmail (d. o. t. )com.