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Still Happy With Facebook..?

Since I deleted my Facebook account late last year when decluttering, the privacy situation has worsened and attracted more attention. Here’s a small selection of recent coverage:

For me, this diagram of the privacy settings/policy is the most damning. It’s not showing a site that’s trying to be open and helpful about its use of personal data, it’s a picture of deliberate and growing obfuscation (trust me, I’ve worked on enough sites over the years to recognise the attitudes behind a site architecture).

Facebook’s an incredibly useful site for many people (and for developers looking to integrate sites/games/apps to boost traffic), but I do think you should treat all data submitted as potentially public, and if you start feeling the site is taking you for a mug then you might want to stop rewarding it with your participation.


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