Facebook promises simplified privacy controls from Thursday
So, like, even hysterical idiots can protect their stuff?
Facebook is due to begin rolling out simplified privacy controls on Thursday, a senior executive has announced.
Chris Cox, Facebook’s vice president of product, promised “drastically simplified” privacy controls at a keynote presentation at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York City. There were no details beyond the suggestion they will address recent criticism.
The announcement follows the high-profile admission earlier this week by Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg that the social networking site had "missed the mark" and made mistakes in revising its privacy controls over recent months. Zuckerberg promised simpler privacy controls and features that will make it easier for users to opt out of third-party services in an op-ed piece in Monday's Washington Post.
This mea-culpa was seen by many as a damage limitation exercise following weeks of sustained criticism over privacy-eroding changes by the dominant social networking site. The continuing fallout over privacy roll-back that left previously shielded information open by default last November was increased by a new row over Facebook's plans to share user information automatically with "pre-approved" websites; a privacy shitstorm ensued involving European regulators, privacy activists and broadsheet journalists all lobbing criticism at Facebook.
Facebook users have always had the ability to lock down their profiles to some extent, but that normally avoids opting out from sharing their information with all and sundry while keeping guard against further changes. Moving towards an opt-in approach may satisfy those in the information security community who have criticised Facebook, but is unlikely to be popular with the social network's advertising partners.
So what we're more likely to get are simplified controls that recommend the sharing of most all the information users post online outside their circle of friends rather than more restricted default settings, if Facebook's previous form is anything to go by. ®
Is there an app for that?
How about an app that shreds your FailBook account?
That would be worth it, assuming it could even be made.
This is crap
"but that normally avoids opting out from sharing their information with all and sundry while keeping guard against further changes"
"recommend the sharing of most all the information users post online outside their circle of friends"
We are supposed to be communicating in English, are we not?
My immediate thought was the simplest form -- none at all. They could do the classic "press this button to say you accept that you have no privacy" and leave it at that.
Mind you, I have little sympathy for people who stick all sorts of personal information on the net. The only safe rule is "if you don't want it repeated, don't say it", on the net as everywhere in life (it always amazes me how frequently politicians don't realise this, even without "open mic" blunders someone is likely to hear and repeat it).