Facebook Privacy

It is rumored that Facebook stores user data indefinitely and will sell it… Here are some quotes from the privacy policy to consider.

“We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people’s data in such a way that it is no longer associated with you. Similarly, when we receive data about you from our advertising partners or customers, we keep the data for 180 days. After that, we combine the data with other people’s data in a such way that it is no longer associated with you.” (Privacy Policy, Information we receive about you)

-Yes they will store data about you and possibly sell it, But it is not associated with you. However, this does not mean it is impossible to trace back, and it says nothing about how they will disassociate it.

“While you are allowing us to use the information we receive about you, you always own all of your information. Your trust is important to us, which is why we don’t share information we receive about you with others unless we have:

  • received your permission;
  • given you notice, such as by telling you about it in this policy; or
  • removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it.”

    (Privacy Policy, How we use the information we receive about you)

-I will Highlight, “you always own all of your information.” again, they reserve the right to share it after disassociation your identity from it.

“When you delete an account, it is permanently deleted from Facebook. It typically takes about one month to delete an account, but some information may remain in backup copies and logs for up to 90 days. You should only delete your account if you are sure you never want to reactivate it.”(Privacy Policy, Deleting and deactivating you account, Deletion)

-Most data is removed in a month, and all is removed from logs within 90 days. This seems very black and white.. it again doesn’t specify how the information will be removed, but says it will be.

Overall these few quotes make me much more comfortable using Facebook, but I remain weery. I do not completely understand privacy policies and how closely they must be attended to, but it does increase my confidence in Facebook non the less.




4 thoughts on “Facebook Privacy

  1. It is good to know that they are trying to be more transparent concerning privacy. Their policy explained in general terms leaves plenty of room for them to maneuver. Even though it is painful to read the usual “lawyer-talk” agreements, those are usually the most specific.

    Just as a personal estimate, what percentage of Facebook users do you think actually read the legal agreement. I know I’d be one of the non-readers, but I rarely use Facebook.

  2. Facebook is obviously scary cause it holds our most preciouse memories and most intimate information. The question is, should we be sharing these info online to begin with and if we do why do we expect much? I am n

  3. I guess the question to use it or not is up to each individual user, but not many users think about their loss of privacy when they sign up for Facebook. They just want to see what other people are doing. I never jumped on the Facebook bandwagon when all my friends initially started using it. I’m glad I didn’t because this Cyber Security class has really showed how valuable Facebook (or any social media site) can be for a cyber criminal and how damaging it can be for your privacy.

    Also, social media is dangerous because once information or pictures are posted they exist forever (on the web). I did plenty of stupid things when I was younger, but luckily digital cameras and Facebook didn’t exist. Now, potential employers have access to your conversations and pictures (good or bad). Employers can try to piece together your digital history to see what kind of person you are (at least according to the internet). If your “friends” post bad stuff about you, you could lose your chance at a job. I’ve even heard advertisements for companies that will clean-up reputations for businesses. I wonder how much longer before they do it for individuals, as well?

  4. I recently did a report on Facebook “security” and even more recently “cancelled” my Facebook. It seems that even when you placed a minuscule amount of info on your own personal page, say your first and last name and the college you went to. That alone was more than enough to put yourself at some form of risk. Even worse even if you don’t provide personal info on yourself chances are someone else (friend, family member, etc.) will. With the ever so present security risks and all the other “joys” of Facebook, the cons weigh out the benefits more so than ever.

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