In a recent Tweet I wrote “Set up a wiki for posting information about Facebook & how they are destroying our rights to our private information.”
Marc Parry, from The Chronicle of Higher Education, responded with “marcparry @sorry_afk “Destroying our rights to our private information” Bit extreme? Nobody forces you to have a Facebook account.”
My response couldn’t be boiled down to 140 characters :-) or even a couple of sets of 140 characters! LOL So I’m responding here in my blog and will post this link to Twitter. I encourage others to continue the conversation in the COMMENTS section.
Marc, I don’t think its extreme at all. What I think is extreme is the management of Facebook’s cavalier attitude toward our personal data. When I first came into Facebook I was promised a level of expected privacy. Slowly that has been eroded until now, I have no control over it. And I don’t even have the option to opt out, they say they are keeping everything, AND can still publish it, after I’m gone. AND, they’ve gone out-of-the-way to make it as difficult and confusing as possible to opt out of even portions of this.
Chris Hoadley sums it up really well here:
I suggest people start paying attention to what is going on here. If this type of privacy invasion is left to be set as a standard, big brother will all to soon REALLY be watching, as will the entire Internet.