From the Mailbag: Facebook & Online Privacy

Email from MoveOn regarding Facebook Privacy issues.  They are asking for action on the part of  Facebook users to,

Facebook should stop sharing my personal info with outside companies without my permission. If you agree, set this as your status today and join this group: http://bit.ly/d1ZB6h

I have heavily curtailed my facebook activities since the last invasion (heh ... not that I spent a whole lot of time there anyway). 

Dear MoveOn member,

Every day, we entrust more and more of our private information to websites and online social networks like Facebook. So I take Internet privacy very seriously.

That's why I'm so concerned with the changes Facebook recently made to its privacy policy and use of personal data on third party websites. These changes take away important control that users had over who has access to their information.1,2 

I and others have expressed our concern about these changes and Facebook is starting to feel the pressure. Now, as Facebook considers how to respond to the outcry from its customers,3 we all need to keep up the pressure. 

That's why I'm asking you to join me in urging Facebook to stop sharing your information without your permission, by setting your status today to read:

 

"Facebook should stop sharing my personal info with outside companies without my permission. If you agree, set this as your status today and join this group: http://bit.ly/d1ZB6h"

 

Facebook provides a valuable service, but online social networks need to allow users to retain control over their own personal information.

 

The information that Facebook is now sharing with third-parties and with the public is very different from the spirit of the site's previous terms of service.4 Certain parts of your profile, including your hometown, interests and activities, and your profile picture, must be made public or deleted—even if you restricted whom they were shared with before. Certain third-party partners now have access to all of this information, including your list of friends and their information, as soon as you visit their websites—without asking your permission.

 

These changes undermine the protection of your personal information on the web. 

Recently, I sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking them to examine the use and distribution of personal information by social networking sites like Facebook.5 Three other senators and I also sent a letter directly to Facebook, urging them to provide an opt-in mechanism that would seek your permission before sharing your information.6

Facebook can take immediate action to remedy this situation—but before they will they need to hear from enough users who care.

Can you join me in advocating for privacy on the web?

If you're on Facebook set your status to read: 

"Facebook should stop sharing my personal info with outside companies without my permission. If you agree, set this as your status today and join this group: http://bit.ly/d1ZB6h"

Thank you for joining me in advocating for a safer, better Internet.

Sincerely,

Senator Charles Schumer

 

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When I opened the browser here just now I was signed in as another user... And then I had problems logging in as myself.

any additional detail, including whether anyone at your place might've been logged in first? What you're describing sounds a lot like a cookie didn't expire on your local machine, but if nobody else there has a login then there could be something wonky going on.

For security, it's best to take the rest of this to email.

and the login is not a login from this house. I have one for this site and nobody else does.