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Sharing Puts Users at Risk

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

May 5, 2010

About 52 percent of social networking users post personal information that potentially exposes them to identity theft, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. That's according to a Consumer Reports magazine survey that found 38 percent of users posted the month, date and year of their birth, eight percent posted their home address and three percent posted details about when they were away from home. The report suggests "seven things to stop doing on Facebook," noting that nine percent of social networking users have experienced cyber-related abuse. In a Huffington Post article, Consumer Reports technology editor Jeff Fox says the study results confirm that Senator Charles Schumer's recent request for the Federal Trade Commission to create guidelines for social networks' use of private information is "well-founded."
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