Facebook Looking At Changing Privacy Settings

Sun, May 23, 2010

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Facing mounting pressures from users and government organizations, it appears that Facebook might be soon making some sweeping changes to the way users can protect their privacy.

Talking to the BBC, Facebook representatives said that the current privacy tools might be too complex its users to adequately protect themselves.

“We’re working on responding to these concerns,” a spokeswoman said, adding “watch this space.”

According to a research note by security firm Sophos, 16 percent of Facebook users have closed their accounts as a result of Facebook’s recent privacy changes and subsequent concerns. A full 60 percent said that they were “highly likely” to quit in the near future.

“This poll shows that the majority of users are fed up with the lack of control that Facebook gives users over their data,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

I don’t exactly buy that the numbers are quite that high, but apparently the uproar is enough to give Facebook some pause and re-examine how they are going to handle these very real privacy concerns going forward.

[via PCWorld]

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