Rethinking about how Facebook control users’ privacy

Posted: October 15, 2010 in Privacy
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‘I will deactivate my Facebook account soon,’ Vivian banged her laptop and threw the statement toward me.
‘Why?,’ I asked
‘Cause I will lose my privacy if I keep using it,’ she replied.

Vivian is from Vietnam and comes to Melbourne doing Master of Law. She has been using Facebook for two years and now thinking about ending up her social networks account.

I read news this week and found an interesting story on The Age, which is related to Vivian’s concern about privacy on Facebook. The article is about Facebook keeps users’ photos that has been deleted for years. Such situation can also happen to Yahoo email users; specifically, deleted mails from the mail box can be accessed.

The problem is that if users have a direct link to the photos that were deleted, they are still able to gain access to those photos after years of removal.

This is tough time for Facebook to think about how to control its users’ privacy. Today is about ‘deleted photos’, tomorrow might be ‘users profile’, ‘videos, ‘notes’ and so forth. The issue of how to protect users’ privacy on social networks like Facebook has been discussed for years but still lack of an effective and applicable strategy.

What a nightmare if all of my friend close their Facebook accounts to protect their privacy. I will be abandoned in the social networks and have no ideas about what is going on to my loved ones. But who knows what will happen next if Facebook ignore its responsibility to protect users’ privacy.

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