It’s Only Right

February 15, 2008

I think that a bill of rights for social network users isn’t a bad idea. My information should be controlled by me. When I read Mashable’s article that included Facebook’sprivacy policies it didn’t give me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Here’s the exerp:

 “Facebook also collects information about you from other sources, such as newspapers and instant messaging services. This information is gathered regardless of your use of the Web Site.” Another theory is that Facebook could also be a data-gathering project or if not, used extensively for these purposes. Facebook’s policy also states that it “may share your information with third parties, including responsible companies with which we have a relationship.”

Eeepers! So, you mean to tell me that Facebook is deciding which companies are responsible? If you pay well does that make you responsible? Oh boy, in this day and age most legit companies allow you an opt out option when it comes to allowing advertisers access to your information. I mean if only our “friends” that we choose are supposed to have access why should someone else have it without our consent?

 What might be even more frightening is that Facebook is fishing for more information about us than we already freely gave them. I mean I know we’re making it easy for them by putting as much information as possible about ourselves on their website but they’re searching out more. I must say that if we didn’t have to join this site for class I would seriously reconsider being on it. We have so much other information floating about out there why volunteer even more if not necessary?

 If there was a Bill of Rights for users I would feel more comfortable about posting on these sites. Nothing is perfect but at least it would offer up some protection.

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