“Facebook’s innovation does not have to come at the expense of consumer privacy. The FTC action will ensure it will not.” — Jon Leibowitz, FTC Chairman
FTC: “Facebook has agreed to settle FTC charges that it deceived its users — telling them they could keep information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public. According to the FTC’s complaint, the social networking behemoth allegedly made promises it didn’t keep, like changing its website to make information public that may have been designated as private — like a Friends List — without warning users. Or telling people they could restrict sharing to “Friends Only” when that didn’t prevent their information from being shared with third-party applications their friends used. Under the settlement, Facebook must get approval from users before it changes the way it shares their data, and submit to periodic independent audits of its privacy practices for the next 20 years.”
The Ultimate Facebook Privacy Setting
The very best security is to never put any Private Personal Information in your Facebook profile. I’m sure Jon Leibowitz, FTC Chairman wants to have your back, but why are you counting on someone else to protect you? Would you say, “The mall security guy is driving around the parking lot, so I’m going to leave my Christmas gifts on the back seat and not lock my car. The security guy will protect them.”
- Do not provide your real birth date, not even the month and day without the year.
- Do not provide your home address.
- Do not post with location tags.
- Do not believe “Sign up to get 1,000 free Farmville Dollars.”
- Do not post “I’m waiting in line at the airport security.”
You get the picture. Assume a criminal can see and read everything you put on Facebook. Protect your own back! The Ultimate Facebook Privacy Setting is to never put anything online you do not want the head of the Russian Mob to read, or your current or future boss, or Mark Zuckerberg.