Considering how many people are on Facebook worldwide, it seems an appropriate time for the government to step in to ensure that user’s privacy and rights were protected. Especially since Facebook has a history of randomly updating its privacy settings, exposing user data to the rest of the Web, the Federal Trade Commission decided that all sharing should be opted into instead of Mark Zuckerberg’s typical opt-out.

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The days of dreading being tagged in embarrassing Facebook photos and rushing home to untag yourself are now thankfully gone. After receiving countless requests from users to add this feature, Facebook has just announced that it will give users the option of having to approve tagged photos before they are posted on their profile. However, with this privacy update, Facebook also decided to loosen up on who gets to tag you, making it possible for complete strangers to tag you in photos.

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After its first attempt to create a feature that would share users’ phone numbers and addresses with third party applications failed due to intense criticism, Facebook is back at it again. As usual, Facebook is trying to make the sharing of personal information as widespread as possible, except, instead of sharing the personal information with friends, Facebook is trying to convince users to share this information with third party applications and marketers.

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facebook_privacy_149821721A new Facebook privacy investigation shows popular apps such as Farmville, Mafia Wars, and some quizzes have been selling user information to advertisers along with details like the user’s name. Advertisers mainly seek user information so they can build advertising campaigns around personalized information like what types of websites you visit, what type of products you “like,” etc. The other alarming aspect of this blatant invasion of privacy is that advertisers are choosing to sell personal information to sites that allow others to search for your personal information like address and e-mail address.

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We all know that having social networking account can sometimes welcome unwanted attention. However, with most social networking websites stalkers can easily be avoided if you’re careful about with whom you share your personal information. For example, you should only be sharing sensitive information with people you actually know.  And if all else fails you can always delete your account and stop using the website or start a new account from scratch.

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facebook-appsAs the largest social networking website in the world, Facebook gets bombarded with new applications on a daily basis, and trying to manage each and every one of them is extremely hard. The sheer volume of applications is one of the main reasons why Facebook is constantly under scrutiny for security.

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