Facebook users are pissed off after Facebook’s privacy issues. This is nothing new, as they have been pushing their plan of taking over the Internet, users are getting pissed off enough to delete their own Facebook accounts.
Frankly, it is not surprising. I am not sure about other countries, but if anyone remembers Pinky and the Brain… I am just about relating that to Facebook’s mentality on how they dominate the Internet. I like to use Facebook, but I am concerned if it comes to my information being carelessly shared with people who have no business knowing it.
Of course, I am pretty lax about my own information, going as far as even sharing my birth name here on Blondish.net because I have nothing to hide and because I kind of agree with Tony Bradley’s article on PC Word called Facebook Privacy: Mea Culpa Reality Check, let me add:
– Did you share your Social Security Number or equivalent?
– Did you share how you go to the restroom?
– Did you share that embarrassing college moment?
My advice in this matter is that if you are not comfortable sharing your information with others online, then do not fill all those blanks out in your Facebook profile (or any of your social network profiles.) I know my own father is hesitant to join Facebook because he already has an issue with his patients (he is a Physician Assistant) trying to get his home and cell number. How do I know? – people have called me to try to get it!
The problem is that when you go online and fill out anything with your own information, the search engines WILL pick it up. So, if you are not comfortable, do not fill out all of the user profile information.
Unless Facebook requested you to put driver’s license, country residence, your exact home address, or social security number (or equivalent in another country), then it is pointless to delete. Be responsible for your information first.
It has been known that Facebook has been inching toward some kind of plan to let everything be open. I do have to put my own foot down as I do believe that even though Facebook offers a great and free service, the company should make sure the users feel like they can use it and not fear for their lives. It is bad enough that employers are looking online to check a person’s background by merely conducting a search through Google. That and the fact Facebook brings in a lot of money from its users – (point of view change) come on Facebook – give your users some love!
What are your thoughts on Facebook and its privacy