The Whole Enchilada

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On Facebook’s Privacy Backlash

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 30, 2007

There’s a good post on the latest privacy issues and big F at A VC: Facebook and The Privacy Backlash.

My view, for those who haven’t been reading this blog for a long time, is that all of this privacy stuff is way over the top. You need to disclose what you are doing and Facebook has done that. You need to give users a way to opt out and I believe but am not sure that Facebook has done that. Certainly the partner sites that are runnning Facebook’s beacon need to disclose and provide an opt out

But beyond that, tracking what we do and reporting it to our friends and using that data to target advertising and content is a good thing. In fact, its why the Internet is getting better and better every day

When the internet knows who you are, what you do, who your friends are, and what they do, it goes from the random bar you wander into to your favorite pub where your friends congregate and the bartender knows your drink and pours it for you when you walk in the door

Read more here: http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/2007/11/facebook-and-th.html.

I found the entire post full of interesting opinions and it provided a different perspective than other posts and articles I’ve read recently – Facebook+PrivacyIssues=EVIL. Read that last sentence again – what an interesting perspective. I love reading different views that cause me to rethink things and form/adjust my own opinion. One comment summed it up best: “Great viewpoint – though I remain conflicted.” ANYway – do check out the complete post, it’s great and the comments that follow it are also worth a browse as they contain different views and commentary on Facebook, privacy and more.

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