[personal profile] nowalmart
So Facebook announced a change in their Privacy Controls. I am a big privacy advocate, and I was excited to see a change in what I have considered a confusing and difficult to use system for controlling who sees what on your profile.

One of my biggest issues has been with the "transition tool" that Facebook is requiring all users to go through this week.

The problem? I had my facebook profile locked down pretty tightly.

In the middle we have a list of objects on a facebook profile, with options regarding who can see what. Facebook seems to be suggesting that opening up my profile so more people can see things would somehow be more secure. In addition, I have no way of seeing on this page what my "old settings" are. How am I supposed to make an informed decision with this complete lack of information?

On the right side I am told that facebook now shares, with everyone, *more* information than previously, and I have no way of controlling or limiting that access.

So how, again, is this helping me controlling my privacy?

Date: 2009-12-10 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] overstim.livejournal.com
when I hovered over each radio button for new settings and old settings, a pretty informative window popped up. maybe its not working in safari? or people arent thinking of trying it.

Date: 2009-12-10 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nowalmart.livejournal.com
I thought I had tried that, but cannot be certain.

I just tried it again, and you are correct. The exception is a setting I have for basically "No one can see". This shows up as "Network" for some reason under "Old Setting". Strange.

I hate it..

Date: 2009-12-10 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ariel72.livejournal.com
WHY do they keep fucking with FB....
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Date: 2009-12-10 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nowalmart.livejournal.com
Agreed. If you check the screenshot, Facebook says they have some settings they "Recommend", all of which were less secure than what I was using previously.



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