The folks at Facebook continue to take the “share everything by default” approach which is probably great for their monetization efforts but is really starting to upset me. This past week they announced something called Instant Personalization (read more). When you visit select Facebook partner sites, they can get your [public] Facebook data to “enable a personal and social experience.”
And yes, this is enabled by default.
If privacy is at all a concern for you, this may not be happy news. I know it wasn’t for me.
Firstly, you might revisit what you’re sharing publicly. I covered this in an article a few months ago cleverly titled, “Facebook Privacy.”
Secondly, you’ll want to address the new Instant Personalization. There is a good article over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation that gives a good walkthrough titled, “How to Opt Out of Facebook’s Instant Personalization” that is a good resource. Some good stuff there including a video.
Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends, but you really do need to keep up with all their privacy shenanigans and make sure you opt-out of them as they come along.
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