Posted by: ccclib | May 13, 2010

Facebook’s Privacy Policy Longer than US Constitution

Many people have become annoyed with Facebook’s newest privacy policy which, among other changes, requires users to opt-out of sharing information with third parties.  As a result, users now have to consider not only Facebook’s security but that of its data-sharing partners as well.  It’s easy to opt-out though, right?  Just change your privacy settings.  You might be surprised at just how complex an undertaking that has become.

The New York Times points out that Facebook’s privacy policy is longer than the United States Constitution and contains “50 settings with more than 170 options.”  Fortunately they also have provided a chart to help navigate the labyrinthine settings.  Even with such guides it’s always safest to simply not post anything online that you want to stay private.


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