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Facebook to share personal information of its users?

Submitted by Maralyn45 on 3 March, 2011 - 11:15pm

The social networking website, in a letter to the Congress revealed its plans to make personal information visible to third party users and websites, leading users to think twice about continuing their relationship with the website.
The recent announcement by Facebook about its plans to make personal information available to third party users, has added to the frustration that many Facebook users had through the many years over the social networking platform making sudden tweaks in its settings, conforming to personal information.
Concern over Facebook’s plans
The development, which was intimated through a letter to Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Tex.), has led both of them to express their concerns over Facebook’s plans, to make such crucial user information available.
However, Facebook came out with a quick reminder of their pledge to users that it depended solely upon users to decide, whether or not they want their personal information to reach application developers and other third party websites.
Markey previously said, “Facebook needs to protect the personal information of its users to ensure that Facebook doesn’t become Phonebook. We have not yet decided when or in what manner we will redeploy the permission for mobile numbers and addresses.
“We are evaluating whether and how we can increase the visibility of applications’ request for permission to access user contact information. We are also considering whether additional user education would be helpful.”
The social networking site had, not long before, introduced changes that virtually pressed users to choose between having their personal information shared and not sharing them at all.
Facebook VP Elliot Schrage had bluntly (if less colorfully) put things, amid a similar uproar last year: If you don't want Facebook to share your personal information, don't share your personal information with Facebook.
On Wednesday users discovered a glitch that gave them access to personal information such as chat conversations, friend etc.
Expressing his concern on the unfortunate turn of events, Jeffrey P Ament, 35, a government contractor living in Rockville, MD, said, “Facebook has become more scary than fun.”
He further added, “Every week there seems to be a new privacy update or change, and I just can’t keep up with it.”
Mr. Ament, who had been a Facebook user, was driven to delete his account after three years of using its service.
Impact on the company’s reputation
Although the company has stated that the Wednesday privacy glitch would not have any extensive impact on the repute of the company, social networking experts and analysts are wondering whether or not Facebook is acting in way that could tarnish its reputation over time.
Commenting on the glitch, Augie Ray, an analyst with Forester Research said, “While this breach appears to be relatively small, it’s inopportunely timed. It threatens to undermine what Facebook hopes to achieve with its network over the next few years, because users have to ask whether it is a platform worthy of their trust.”
As the company has changed its settings for user information, it has also introduced tools to offer users the choice to adjust their privacy settings.
These tools, which are so convoluted, often leave users in a dazed state, wondering about what information is visible to whom.

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