Facebook Announces Privacy Changes
Facebook to provide users with more control over information shared with third-party applications
After Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart took Facebook to task over its possible failure to protect user’s privacy, Facebook has announced it plans to improve the privacy aspects of the portal, worldwide, not just in Canada.
- Encouraging users to review their privacy settings to make sure the defaults and selections reflect the user’s preferences.
- Increasing the understanding and control a user has over the information accessed by third-party applications. Specifically, Facebook will introduce a new permissions model that will require applications to specify the categories of information they wish to access and obtain express consent from the user before any data is shared. In addition, the user will also have to specifically approve any access to their friends’ information, which would still be subject to the friend’s privacy and application settings.