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Is Facebook going too far?

Last week, changes at Facebook made data from its users available to third parties unless a user opted out. That means the default for most users is for private information to be available to advertisers and other third parties. Read Cecilia Kang's full blog post.

By Jodi Westrick  |  April 27, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Facebooks isn't going too far with people's information. The Washington Post is.

When the new FB feature to the WaPo web site went live, it immediately linked the Facebook data from everyone who was logged in to Facebook and WaPo into WaPo's web site. I logged out about an hour later, but WaPo still has my all my data, including my friends list. That's none of their business.

Posted by: blasmaic | April 27, 2010 5:34 PM

The Post is doing a better job data mining from their users than it is in simple things like keeping the feeds from the 'partner sites' like Slate updated...

Opt-out means I should not trust you with my data. Opt-in, along with being about to keep TOS agreements creates trust.

Of course none of that matters when you're chasing money apparently.

Posted by: Nymous | April 27, 2010 7:57 PM

Yes, Facebook has gone too far...but the WP is as bad, showing some bravado running this poll critiquing Facebook, when it's the Post making it just as difficult to opt out! The Post editors have worked hard to promote the connection, in each article burying instructions and then obfuscating the features required so readers can break the connection.

I followed the Post editors instructions to opt out of the Post's end of this agreement, and it took me two tries to complete the task! First time i clicked on the X in the red box in the upper right corner of the front page, then was distracted from the feature to opt-out...first by the primary position of my choice to select a national or local homepage...THEN by the naming of the feature? Rather than call it opting out of facebook connection, it's hidden behind an innocuous name such as "network feature"?

Forcing readers to opt-out is devious...allowing those interested to opt-in would have been the user-friendly approach. This is one more time the Post tosses user needs aside for it's own agenda...which will end up costing you.

Posted by: las100 | April 28, 2010 7:58 AM

"The Post is doing a better job data mining from their users than it is in simple things like keeping the feeds from the 'partner sites' like Slate updated..."

I'm not this is true. For many years now, my work e-mail is registered with WaPo and I get very little spam (e-mail, or work or home address) from any source. So I'm not sure what the Post is getting from me or all.

Posted by: HillRat | April 28, 2010 1:34 PM

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