4 Minute Roundup: A Primer on Facebook Privacy Issues

    by Mark Glaser
    May 21, 2010
    Photo of Mr. Bill and Facebook's privacy policy by "Norman Lowery via Flickr":http://www.flickr.com/people/normanlowery/

    Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition I focus on the recent privacy brouhaha at social networking giant Facebook. Why are prominent techies deleting their accounts and complaining? Mainly because Facebook keeps adding features that are “opt-out” instead of “opt-in” and its privacy policies are a complex mess. I talked with lawyer Michael McSunas to find out what’s angering people, and learn how Facebook can turn things around.

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    Listen to my entire interview with Michael McSunas:


    mcsunas full.mp3

    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    Another Security Hole Found On Yelp, Facebook Data Once Again Put At Risk at TechCrunch

    Facebook, MySpace Confront Privacy Loophole at WSJ

    Facebook Needs to Find Its Voice on Privacy at GigaOm

    Price of Facebook Privacy? Start Clicking at NY Times

    Facebook Staff Meets to Discuss Privacy Policy as Backlash Gains Momentum at Daily Finance

    Former FTC Chair Timothy Muris to Steer Facebook Through Washington at Fast Company

    Facebook’s Eroding Privacy Policy – A Timeline at EFF

    The Big Game, Zuckerberg and Overplaying your Hand at Calacanis.com

    Facebook Backpedals on Privacy, Sort Of at ReadWriteWeb

    Well, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won’t Help Facebook’s Privacy Problems at Business Insider

    What backlash? Facebook is growing like mad at Fortune

    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think about your privacy on Facebook:

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

    Tagged: facebook michael mcsunas personal data privacy security

    5 responses to “4 Minute Roundup: A Primer on Facebook Privacy Issues”

    1. Couple relevant points:

      According to Venture Beat, Facebook denies they have hired Muris: http://bit.ly/aHJ9Z7

      Rep. Rick Boucher has drafted an INternet Privacy Bill for comment which essentially sanctions FAcebook’s privacy policy: http://www.boucher.house.gov/images/stories/Privacy_Draft_5-10.pdf

      And we are sharing with Rep. Rick Boucher how people think their personal info should or shouldn’t be shared via this short survey: http://www.comradity.com/comradity/how-do-you-feel-about-sharing-your-information.html

      Katherine Warman Kern

    2. Josh says:

      Thanks for the information. Love the sweet background track also

    3. stefanie says:

      this poll seems lopsided in one direction and not a real attempt to get both sides of the opinion among the general population

    4. jt doonan says:

      shoot 1st & ask questions later…important to point out changes before they become a problem. things can fall out at an alarming rate once trust is broken. polling before the fact can prevent this…i.e.-the other way changes in providing service could be handled.

    5. Just wished to explain who Michael is. He is way more than a ‘lawyer’. He is a go to guy in the Advertising Industry. Thus him being asked to interview here. Michael’s knowledge base is incredible and he has worked in every facet of Advertising. His industry cohort is many of the visionaries in advertising and media. And Michael participates in many round table discussions and looks out for our best interests. He is @adlawguy on Twitter.

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