Facebook unveils changes to enhance privacy
Groups: Now with more user control
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. ®
Yes, more choices
More choices and buttons to confuse the masses.
This should be entertaining.
Too bad I don't do facebook.... wait! that's a good thing.
They're trying to recreate Acttive Directory for the Web
Expect to see folders with hexadecimal numbers, for names, soon; a special tool, that is normally started from the command line, and is used to edit esoteric 'Hive Keys', giving them on/off bit-field values, in binary; One-Way Trusts, Two-Way Trusts, Intransitive trusts, Cross-Link Trusts, Two-Way Transitive Trusts.... In short, it will be a blissful paradise of 'forests' and 'trees' - and no one will be able to see the one, for the other...
"Oh yes, baby, it will be sooo much more secure than Unix: look at how complicated we made it. Even we don't know what's going on, any more. How could it not be secure?"
as per title
(thought there was more than the usual but, no)