Feeds

1 in 3 users reviewed Facebook privacy roll-back

Social network heralds 'success'

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

One in three Facebook users changed their privacy settings in Facebook after the social networking site applied a controversial privacy roll-back and encouraged users to review how much they shared online back in December.

Facebook Director of Public Policy Tim Sparapani said that 35 per cent of Facebook users actually reviewed their settings during a recent privacy round table organised by the US Federal Trade Commission. Sparapani said the engagement rate is much higher than the industry average of "between 5-10 percent".

Sparapani hailed the exercise as a big success, Baynewsletter reports.

Facebook put in front of our 350 million active users a moment when we said, 'Please stop and think about privacy. Here's what's actually happening with your information. Here's where we think the information is important to you, and here's the controls you can use to exercise as much or as little control as you want

Almost 35 per cent of our users actually customized their settings... They took control of their data, perhaps for the first time. 35 per cent of 350 million users is an extraordinary number... We're pretty psyched about it.

Put another way, the Carry on Regardless attitude of 65 per cent of Facebook's 350 million users means that they are sharing any photos and posts they upload onto the social networking website with world or dog without anything like informed consent.

Following the application of Facebook's changes, users were confronted with a notice from the social networking site urging them to review privacy settings the next time they logged on. This notice did not explain that Facebook had lowered privacy shields, a move that had privacy and security experts frothing at the mouth. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw
Have you been on YouPorn lately, perhaps? White House website?
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball
Unmasking hidden users is too hot for Carnegie-Mellon
Attackers raid SWISS BANKS with DNS and malware bombs
'Retefe' trojan uses clever spin on old attacks to grant total control of bank accounts
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert
Exodus vows not to sell secrets of whistleblower's favorite OS
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.