March 26th, 2012, 21:15 PM
Facebook Mulling Privacy Changes Via Public Comments
"We plan to review and analyze your comments over the coming days and will keep you posted on next steps," the company said in a posting to its Facebook Site Governance page where it solicited public opinion.
That change, according to privacy expert Sarah Downey, an attorney with Abine, a Boston-based provider of online privacy services, makes Facebook's "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities" more accurate. "This terminology change is more accurate because Facebook has always sought user data and you have very little privacy on the site," she stated.
Another change would expand Facebook's data collection tactics. For example, Downey maintained that third-party apps that your "friends" subscribe to can access your information, too. "If people do not explicitly give an app permission to access their information, it should not have access to their information," she said.
In addition, Facebook mobile apps automatically access a member's contacts, location and other personal information without asking your permission, she asserted.