In the past several months, there have been a number of controversies related to the world's most popular social network and the ways in which it protects its users' privacy.
In fact, a recent "change" that Facebook underwent really had little effect at all on the way user data is shared with advertising partners and others, but it created a firestorm of debate nonetheless, according to a report from The Associated Press
. Consequently, experts and the company itself says that while the increased scrutiny will likely be a good thing, it also shows that consumers are reactionary.
"It's clear that some people fundamentally misunderstand our proposed changes. Our data-use policy governs how we use and collect data. That document is not changing at this time," Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt told the news agency. "That's why we have this unique and transparent process, though - so have an opportunity to clarify confusion and respond to user concerns. We look forward to doing so in the coming weeks."Eduard Goodman
, chief privacy officer for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about the ways consumers can protect their privacy on popular social networks.
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