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More On Privacy – Navigating Facebook’s Maze Of Options

I’m not sure if this graphic actually even deserves an explanation.  Confusing?  Yes.  Do I have time to put my privacy filters through a fine toothed comb?  No.  From today’s New York Times:

Facebook users who hope to make their personal information private should be prepared to spend a lot of time pressing a lot of buttons. To opt out of full disclosure of most information, it is necessary to click through more than 50 privacy buttons, which then require choosing among a total of more than 170 options.

One word: Ridiculous.  In my opinion – Facebook is counting on the vast majority of it’s users being overwhelmed to the point where they don’t even bother to review or refine their privacy settings, and exposing themselves to intrusions that are not welcome and, in some cases, dangerous.

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  1. May 19th, 2010 at 15:38 | #1

    I just experienced this when an interview candidate pointed out that pictures of my kids where accessible on Facebook. After carefully (I think) restricting privacy settings a year ago, apparently I need to go through this maze again every time Facebook makes a change.

    Makes me wonder if it is worth having a Facebook account.

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