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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:36 PM

Facebook no longer allows people to hide themselves from search

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323981504578175331966182150.html

Facebook Simplifies Privacy Settings
By EVELYN M. RUSLI

... The Menlo Park, Calif., social networking company also removed one privacy option that will effectively make it more difficult for users keep their information hidden.

With the changes, Facebook is also taking away the option to hide oneself from the main search tool. Previously, a user could opt to keep his or her timeline outside of search. The company said very few people used this option, and a person's timeline was discoverable through other avenues on the site, which made the option less relevant.

The move rankled some privacy experts, who believe it could violate Facebook's recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Earlier this year, Facebook reached a settlement with the FTC related to privacy changes it made in 2009, which regulators deemed "unfair and deceptive." As part of the settlement, Facebook agreed to privacy audits for 20 years.

"Facebook's decision not to allow people to hide themselves from search appears to violate the settlement," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. "Many people posted stuff on their timelines that they did not expect to be publicly searcheable." ....

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Reply Facebook no longer allows people to hide themselves from search (Original post)
jsr Dec 2012 OP
arcane1 Dec 2012 #1
sharp_stick Dec 2012 #4
arcane1 Dec 2012 #7
tilsammans Dec 2012 #8
arcane1 Dec 2012 #9
thelordofhell Dec 2012 #2
sharp_stick Dec 2012 #5
Journeyman Dec 2012 #3
green for victory Dec 2012 #11
Old Codger Dec 2012 #6
CJCRANE Dec 2012 #10
arcane1 Dec 2012 #12

Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:48 PM

1. I'm a little confused by this. If my profile is set to "friends only"...

my timeline would still be invisible to others, right? I'll show up in search but it will still be the same profile: just a photo and my name.

Is that correct?


Edited to add: am I the only one that gets annoyed by the fact that Facebook NEVER informs its users about changes, that we always have to hear about them from some third party??

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 02:03 PM

4. Yes

as long as your set up to friends only nobody should see your stuff.

If you want to see what you look like to an outsider go to your timeline and click on the little down arrow to the right of the "activity log" and click on "view as". the page should show up as it looks to the public. You can type in individual friends to see how you have them set if you have different set ups for friends and colleagues or something like that.

Facebook changes and the difficulty of navigating their privacy settings are both terrible. I have a couple of friends who try to keep up and fill me in as changes come around.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 02:11 PM

7. Thanks, I am as private as possible

FB's search feature sucks anyway, it's something out of the 1990's. Good luck finding an old friend named John Smith!

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 02:12 PM

8. You're not alone

I too am annoyed by Facebook's not informing users of changes. I manage a FB group for a nonprofit, and it's the same there as well.

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Response to tilsammans (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 02:19 PM

9. We weren't even informed by them about the vote on the new privacy changes

No wonder voter turnout was "apathetic"

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:55 PM

2. If you want to keep something private.......don't post it on any sites

Are people really so stupid as to think anything they post on a site is private??

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Response to thelordofhell (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 02:04 PM

5. Including here

you're absolutely right, if it's posted somewhere your control over it from then on is weak at best.

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 01:56 PM

3. And why should anything that the office of Total Information Awareness does surprise anyone?. . .

regardless of what name it currently employs?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_Awareness_Office



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Response to Journeyman (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 03:43 PM

11. "Facebook is part of the CIA" "Amazing"

 




Facebook’s Data Pool-These groups of data were disclosed by facebook
http://www.europe-v-facebook.org/EN/Data_Pool/data_pool.html

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 02:09 PM

6. The more this stuff happens

The happier I am to have gotten out of there....

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 02:44 PM

10. FB no longer redirects my friends' messages to my private email address

so I now have to log onto FB to check.

I don't know if this a change in policy or if I just inadvertantly changed my settings.

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Response to CJCRANE (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 04:50 PM

12. Facebook did that to all of its users a while back:

Set everyone's default email to their Facebook.com address. If you go into your profile, you should be able to change it.

Also, if you have a mobile app for Facebook, it does it automatically in your phone too

Details here:
http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/facebook-confirms-changing-users-default-email-addresses-more-changes-coming.php

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