Groups tell Facebook to improve privacy

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Consumer Watchdog today joined a lineup of ten of the nation’s top privacy groups and sent an open letter to Facebook calling for the social networking giant to fix remaining issues concerning user privacy and control.

Facebook recently took steps to address some privacy problems, but more needs to be done.

If Facebook really cared about consumers’ privacy, the default mode would be to share data with the fewest number of people.  Users would have to deliberately choose to share it more broadly.

The letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was signed by the ACLU of Northern California, the Center for Democracy and Technology, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, Consumer Watchdog, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Privacy Activism, Privacy Lives, and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

In it, we called on Facebook to take these additional steps to give users control over their information:

  • Fix the app gap: empower users to decide exactly which applications can access their personal information
  • Make instant personalization opt-in by default
  • Do not retain data received from "social plugins" including the “like” button unless the user actually interacts with the plugin and make logout options prominent

  • Provider users with control over all information they can share on Facebook – including their name, gender, profile picture, and networks
  • Use HTTPS by default to protect users from outside threats
  • Provide users with simple tools to export their content and connections from Facebook.

Read the full letter here.

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