Facebook Announces Privacy Changes, Reactions Mixed
SOCIAL NETWORKINGMay 28, 2010
Reactions are mixed to Facebook's announcement yesterday of its new privacy settings, with some expressing cautious optimism and others questioning whether the changes will be sufficient, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Canada's Assistant Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham cautioned that the social networking site is still not compliant with that nation's federal privacy laws, noting the new settings still require public disclosure of user names, profile information, pictures, gender and networks. Meanwhile, Gartner analyst Ray Valdes suggests Facebook's move could affect the privacy policies of other technology companies, saying "Facebook is a very large canary in the coal mine...Competitors are watching to see how much Facebook can get away with and what are the limits that are considered acceptable by government and users."