Facebook Privacy – A deliberate deception?

My blog post on SocialSafe site, highlighting that Facebook’s privacy system is over-complex and that their approach to privacy is unethical.  My conclusion was:

“So why is Facebook different? – because they have an AND in their model.  They collect and use all the data we enter on their site and use it to make money by selling targeted adverts, games, etc – this is fair and reasonable because we get a free service and they have to make money somehow.  So what is the AND?  The AND is they do what the others do AND they share out data with the world because this gives them even more revenue streams.  It is this AND which they have got wrong – they are forcing it to happen instead of us allowing it to happen in a knowledgeable manner.  They are not only forcing it to happen, but I contend doing so in an underhand way, because I suspect they know we their users would not agree en masse if we all understood what they were doing.  It is this underhand deliberate forced disclosure which makes me believe they are being fundamentally unethical.”

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Posted on May 23, 2010, in Privacy and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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