facebookgeoFacebook is releasing a new feature that allows users to post their GPS location within a status update on the social networking site. This might seem like a cool feature to share with your close real life friends, but it becomes a real security threat when you’re friends with more than just your closest acquaintances on Facebook.

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is suing multiple government agencies for using social networking websites such as FaceBook, MySpace, YoutTube, and Twitter as a way to wiretap people and use the information to arrest them. Some of the government agencies being sued are the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Treasury, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of Justice, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, among others.

The government is using the information they get from the Internet to aid in various investigations where the alleged crimes range from the relatively minor infringement of underage drinking, to more serious endeavors, such as the coordination of protesters during the G-20 summit. It is also very easy for the government to get access to your private information even if it is made to be hidden from the public, all they need is to supply a warrant for the social networking sites to give them all the information they want. Although usually the government uses this for good reasons, the people should know what their rights are in this area.

(Via ReadWriteWeb)

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holygrail-privacy Facebook continues to be a popular way for getting people in trouble because of some comments or pictures they leave available for everyone to see. A perfect example of this would be putting up drunken pictures from a night out with friends, and then worrying that your boss will see them. Thanks to Facebook’s new privacy feature you can now choose who gets to see each comment or picture that you post up.

“Facebook is transforming the world’s ability to control its information online by empowering more than 350 million people to personalize the audience for each piece of content they share,” said Facebook communications VP Elliot Schrage.

From now on, with every piece of content that you put up on Facebook, there will be an option right next to it to allow you to choose for whom it will be viewable, such as just friends, networks, everybody, or specific people. So you will be able to post up your funny and embarrassing pictures and videos online for your friends to see and still be sure that no unwanted pairs of eyes get access to them.

(Via InformationWeek)

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