Facebook privacy issues in the news

by Bob Ruffolo on May 27, 2010

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If you’re a Facebook member, privacy issues may alarm you with many members complaining that information they seek to share with friends is disseminated across the web by third party servers or other applications.

The dispute over Facebook privacy issues has reached Washington, with Facebook scheduled to meet with legislators today to review privacy matters. Yesterday, Facebook announced it will begin to roll out new privacy controls, without explaining exactly what they are.

Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg has stated, “There needs to be a simpler way to control your information. We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to use. We will also give you a way to turn off all third party services.”

The goal will be to protect users privacy while maintaining advertising operations. Facebook makes money by selling advertsing space on users’ pages that can be tailored to their interests. The question is how much personal information is shared with advertisers and whether members will accept receiving targeted advertising that threatens their privacy.

Facebook privacy news is breaking today, so continue to follow the news about this changing situation.