10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know

July 30, 2009

Further to our previous blog post and,  in light of the news that Facebook has agreed to let third party advertisers use your posted pictures without your permission, here are 10 ways to protect your privacy on Facebook from the All Facebook blog. The  posting 10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know describes how and why to customize Facebook’s privacy settings by

1) Using  Friend Lists

2) Removing Yourself From Facebook Search Results

3)  Removing Yourself From Google

4. Avoiding  Photo/Video Tag Mistakes

5. Protecting Your Albums

6. Preventing  Stories From Showing Up in Your Friends’ News Feeds

7. Protecting  Against Published Application Stories

8. Making Your Contact Information Private

9. Avoiding  Embarrassing Wall Posts

and

10. Keeping Your Friendships Private

To prevent Facebook from using your image in ads

Click on SETTINGS up at the top where you see the log out link. Select PRIVACY. Then select NEWS FEEDS AND WALL. Next select the tab that reads FACE BOOK ADS. There is a drop down box, select NO ONE. Then SAVE your changes.


Privacy Commissioner decides Facebook must improve practices to meet Canadian legislative requirements

July 17, 2009

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart ruled that social media giant Facebook has failed to adequately address four “well-founded” allegations about its practices that contravene federal privacy law. The ruling comes after an investigation into a complaint filed by the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic. The CIPPC had alleged that Facebook had contravened the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act in a dozen distinct subject areas. The commissioner ruled that in eight of these subjects the allegations were not well-founded or well-founded but had been resolved leaving four subjects (third-party software applications, account deactivation and deletion, accounts of deceased users, and non-users’ personal information) where the allegations were deemed to be well-founded and where Facebook had not yet agreed to adopt the commissioners’ recommendations. In particular, the commissioner raised significant concerns around the sharing of users’ personal information with third-party developers creating Facebook applications. According to the investigation Facebook lacks adequate safeguards to effectively restrict these outside developers from accessing profile information. The report recommended that third party developers should be able to access only the user information actually required to run a specific application and nothing else. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner will review after 30 days the actions Facebook takes to comply with the recommendations. In the event of non-compliance by Facebook the Commissioner has the authority to go to Federal Court to seek to have these recommendations enforced.

Remarks by Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada:

http://www.priv.gc.ca/speech/2009/sp-d_20090716_e.cfm

Full Report of Findings:

http://www.priv.gc.ca/cf-dc/2009/2009_008_0716_e.cfm