Social Media, Politica e Società /2 – Facebook e la privacy: è guerra.

1. Vedere le chiacchiere altrui

Today I was tipped off that there is a major security flaw in the social networking site that, with just a few mouse clicks, enables any user to view the live chats of their ‘friends’. Using what sounds like a simple trick, a user can also access their friends’ latest pending friend-requests and which friends they share in common. That’s a lot of potentially sensitive information.

[…] The irony is that the exploit is enabled by they way that Facebook lets you preview your own privacy settings. In other words, a privacy feature contains a flaw that lets others view private information if they are aware of the exploit.


2. Come Facebook ha “aperto il kimono”

The level of openness that users will accept has shifted very fast since Facebook became mainstream, but the site continues to push that boundary forward. Since the first high-profile controversy around publishing data in news feeds back in September 2006, a string of redesigns and re-configurations have pushed users’ information further and further into the public space. (The Guardian)

3. #facebookprotest

There is a current campaign on the internet for users to not log into Facebook for a whole day on June 6th, 2010. This comes in response to the recent changes made by Facebook to their privacy settings, especially to the one leaving the default “on” instead of “off.” Basically it became quite apparent that Facebook is in fact, a business, and that your so-called “personal” data was for sale. To economists and investors, this was no surprise at all. They all expected Facebook to make a genuine attempt to make money at some point, and what better way than demographic targeted advertising? (Wired)

4. Gruppi di consumatori e senatori contro Zuckerberg

When it comes to Facebook’s privacy policies, Mark Zuckerberg is fighting an increasingly lonely fight.
Bloomberg reports that a group of 15 consumer groups filed complaints against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) late Wednesday. The filing comes barely a week after a group of U.S. Senators — Chuck Schumer, Michael Bennet, Mark Begich, and Al Franken — sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressing concern over “recent changes to the Facebook privacy policy and the use of personal data by third-party websites.” Senator Schumer has also asked the FTC to establish guidelines for social networking sites. While tech journalists debated the necessity of such an effort, Facebook suffered yet another privacy glitch, releasing personal messages to unintended recipients. (The Atlantic)

5. Facebook saprà dove sei

So you already spend all your time on Facebook—that’s not enough for the social networking giant. Soon, it will want to know where you spend all your time (in the real world).

Over the weekend, TechCrunch identified a glitch in Facebook’s mobile site that allowed them to see a space for a new feature called “places” being built in the code.

Based on the code, this is what it seems that Facebook is about to launch: A mobile version of the site using the HTML5 location component to grab your location information from your phone. Once it does that, you’re taken to this new Places area of Facebook that presumably will have a list of venues around you. From here you can click a button to check-in. Yes, there will be check-ins [TechCrunch].


6. Conclusione: è ora di trovare un Facebook “aperto”.

Facebook has gone rogue, drunk on founder Mark Zuckerberg’s dreams of world domination. It’s time the rest of the web ecosystem recognizes this and works to replace it with something open and distributed. (Wired)

2 pensieri su “Social Media, Politica e Società /2 – Facebook e la privacy: è guerra.

  1. Penso che ognuno è libero di far ciò che vuole della propria vita, se uno si compiace del fatto che tutti possono sapere ciò che fa e a che ora lo fa è un problema suo ed è libero di continuare a postare la sua vita su facebbok… tuttavia un po di privacy in più non guasterebbe, non tanto verso chi è iscritto (che è consapevole verso cosa va incontro) ma verso coloro che non lo sono (Es. io non ho facebook per scelta, tuttavia vengo taggato e quindi alla mia faccia corrisponde al mio nome e cognome, cosa che mi infastidisce abbastanza).

  2. Pingback: No, Berlusconi non ci sta spiando su Facebook. « ilNichilista

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