I was doing some long overdue maintenance on my Facebook requests this last weekend trying to clean up group invites and application requests. Something bugged me as I was clicking around those application in the wee hours of the morning and I couldn’t place my finger on it. I kept on seeing my social media friends in the ads inside of the applications and it didn’t dawn upon me until I saw one friend in particular, Yvette, (who I know has a thing for her privacy), Ines, Agustina, Maria, Tami and my own avatar in one of those ads. Two years ago I thought I had fixed this issue with Beacon and then it hit me, Facebook is invading our privacy.
1.You should have control over your personal information.
2.You should have access to the information others want to share.
*(Bullet point 4) If you, your friends, or members of your network use any third-party applications developed using the Facebook Platform (“Platform Applications”), those Platform Applications may access and share certain information about you with others in accordance with your privacy settings. You may opt-out of any sharing of certain or all information through Platform Applications on the Privacy Settings page. In addition, third party developers who have created and operate Platform Applications (“Platform Developers”), may also have access to your personal information (excluding your contact information) if you permit Platform Applications to access your data. Before allowing any Platform Developer to make any Platform Application available to you, Facebook requires the Platform Developer to enter into an agreement which, among other things, requires them to respect your privacy settings
How do you opt out? Click on SETTINGS up at the top where you see the log out link. Select PRIVACY. Then select NEWS FEEDS AND WALL. Next select the tab that reads FACE BOOK ADS. There is a drop down box, select NO ONE. Then SAVE your changes.
Think your out of the facebook ads? Think again, because I thought I was. “How long have you had your privacy settings on facebook locked down?”. Since Day 1, including the Ads setting. And I check it (and my other privacy settings), every time Facebook does an overhaul. “Am I imagining this? “You may opt out of appearing in your friends’ Facebook ads.” http://bit.ly/k0gp6″ Very interesting, so if Yvette has her account on lock down and I though I had my account on lock down. Then why am I seeing her avatar image along with mine in one of those pesky facebook application ads? Here’s the kicker! Remember Bullet Point Four Above? It goes on;
“Before allowing any Platform Developer to make any Platform Application available to you, Facebook requires the Platform Developer to enter into an agreement which, among other things, requires them to respect your privacy settings and strictly limits their collection, use, and storage of your information. However, while we have undertaken contractual and technical steps to restrict possible misuse of such information by such Platform Developers, we of course cannot and do not guarantee that all Platform Developers will abide by such agreements. Please note that Facebook does not screen or approve Platform Developers and cannot control how such Platform Developers use any personal information that they may obtain in connection with Platform Applications.”
When you catch an app you don’t think isn’t playing by the rules remove and report it. Also Facebook didn’t bother to carry over my setting for Beacon from the older version of Facebook. If Facebook can carry over all the information, apps, pictures from the older version Facebook can remember my Privacy setting for Beacon. We shouldn’t have to protect our privacy EVERY TIME Facebok does an update to their social network.
Facebook’s got you covered! Don’t worry, we’ll leave beacon on FOR you.
Facebook Updated my Privacy Settings for me. Notice its OFF (Or set “Only My Friends”)