“More is needed” to protect privacy on Facebook, says group

May 30th, 2010 - 4:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Facebook London, May 30 (ANI): Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said the settings on the site to protect privacy have been enhanced, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) claims that “more is needed” to resolve the problems related to privacy.

In the new privacy options, the site allows users to either select one setting to cover all information or to choose individual settings for different types of information (such as making photos more private than status updates for example).

The civil liberties group acknowledged the site’s “great first step” towards providing more control over their personal data.

“The changes are pretty good, though more is needed,” the BBC quoted Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney at the EFF, as saying.

He added: “Facebook is a site that many people joined because it was a more private alternative to sites like MySpace and Twitter.

“To keep in line with user expectations, no information should be required to be publicly available.”

Simon Davies, director of Privacy International, also added: “I don’t know whether these reforms on their own are going to satisfy the overwhelming force for change and reform.

“Perhaps people are unable to reconcile the two worlds they live in,” he added, explaining that the concept of Facebook friendship is not as arbitrary as it is in face-to-face life.

“Facebook has a monolithic approach to friendship - but as you build friendship you build the privacy along with it. Perhaps a privacy model should follow that.” (ANI)

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