Feeds

Facebook unveils changes to enhance privacy

Groups: Now with more user control

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Facebook on Wednesday rolled out new features designed to make people feel more comfortable putting photos, videos, and other personal data online.

In a blog post, CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled an overhauled version of Facebook Groups that allows users to share certain content with select people, rather than with everyone listed as a friend. Vacation photos, for instance, might be shared only family members and a team rosters might be shared only with other members of one's Fantasy Football league. It was one of three features Zuckerberg announced.

“We've heard loud and clear that you want more control over what you share on Facebook – to manage exactly who sees it and to understand exactly where it goes,” Zuckerberg wrote. “With this new Groups experience and the other tools we're rolling out today, we're taking a few important steps forward towards giving you precise controls.”

Also unveiled was a new dashboard that tells users at a glance how various Facebook apps are using their data. The panel shows all the apps a user has authorized, what data they use and when the data was last accessed.

Zuckerberg also said Facebook was adding a tool that allows users to download everything they've ever posted to the social networking site. The photos, wall posts, and other content is archived in a zip file that is downloaded only after a user has entered a password and answered “appropriate security questions.”

The changes are better than nothing, but it wouldn't be surprising to find that hackers or courts of law make mincemeat of the finer-grained sharing controls. As we've said before if it's not something you want shared with world+dog, you probably shouldn't put it online.

Facebook will begin rolling out the features later on Wednesday. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.