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Facebook Privacy 101


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Facebook is one of the most popular sites on the Internet and people are posting everything from baby pictures to their uttermost thoughts. Unfortunately, the privacy settings on the popular …

Facebook is one of the most popular sites on the Internet and people are posting everything from baby pictures to their uttermost thoughts. Unfortunately, the privacy settings on the popular networking site are confusing. Often people are sharing what they think is private. Learn how the Facebook privacy settings work and how to explain them to users.

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  • 1. Facebook Privacy 101 Image source:
  • 2. @cmairn
  • 3. What is Facebook?
  • 4. What is privacy?
  • 5. privacy, n.1. The state or condition of being alone,undisturbed, or free from public attention, asa matter of choice or right; seclusion; freedomfrom interference or intrusion.2. Absence or avoidance of publicity ordisplay; secrecy, concealment, discretion;protection from public knowledge oravailability.3. a place of concealment or retreat.
  • 6. Is “Facebook Privacy” a contradiction?
  • 7. Good bye and thank you!
  • 8. If you disagree or have issues with what I say … speak up! Let’s make this 45 minutes count and discuss these issues for our personal digital selves as well as for our patrons’. I donthave all the answers;in fact, I will probably ask more questions.
  • 9. I am not alawyer either!
  • 10. 8 Facebook privacy flaps • 2003: Facemash • 2006: Newsfeed • 2007: Beacon • 2009: Privacy • 2010: Messages • 2011: Google • 2012: Like Source:
  • 11. Facebook and advertisingNote: the anonymized ID determines that it is the same person (anonymous) and no other data is stored in the cookie. Source:
  • 12. • Facebook and other large companies are tracking where you go on the Web.• This is helping advertisers deliver better targeted ads. (“Like” and “+1” buttons are everywhere on the Web!)• Facebook wants to create a better experience for you, but at what cost to your information?• Does it matter that people are now products that are sold to advertisers?
  • 13. • Do you allow third-party plugins to access your Facebook account without reading the fine print?• Side note: I am kind of glad that social media didn’t exist when I was a teenager! On the other hand, we probably needed a place where we could make mistakes and not worry about it following us around forever. (Source: “I Live In the Future & Here’s How It Works” page 259)
  • 14. Curious ... Does your library use Facebook advertising? If so, what is your opinion regarding user privacy?
  • 15. Facebook Privacy Policy: Date of last revision: October 29, 2009.
  • 16. The fine print …
  • 17. Facebooks privacy policies change often, so visit bout/privacy/your-info often!
  • 18. We visited these links today …••••
  • 19. Seven Things to Stop Doing on Facebook NOW! Do you agree with these?1. Using a weak password. Avoid simple names or words that can be found in a dictionary, even withnumbers tacked on the end. Instead, mix upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols. A passwordshould have at least eight characters. One good technique is to insert numbers or symbols in the middle of theword.2. Listing a full birth date. Listing a full birth date – month, day and year – makes a user an easy target foridentity thieves, who can use it to obtain more personal information and potentially gain access to bank andcredit card accounts. Choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all.3. Overlooking useful privacy controls. Facebook users can limit access for almost everything that isposted on a profile from photos to family information. Consider leaving out contact info, such as phonenumber and address.4. Posting a childs name in a caption. Dont use a childs name in photo tags or captions. If someoneelse does, delete it by clicking Remove Tag. If a child isnt on Facebook and someone includes his or her namein a caption, ask that person to remove the name.5. Mentioning being away from home. Three percent of Facebook users surveyed said they had postedthis information on their page. Doing so is like putting a "no ones home" sign on the door. Be vague about thedates of any vacations.6. Being found by a search engine. To help prevent strangers from accessing a profile, go to the Searchsection of Facebooks privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results. Be sure the box forPublic Search isnt checked.7. Permitting youngsters to use Facebook unsupervised. Facebook limits its members to ages 13 andolder, but children younger than that do use it. If theres a young child or teenager in the household who usesFacebook, an adult in the same household should become one of their online friends and use their email as thecontact for the account in order to receive notification and monitor activity.Source: Consumer Reports Survey: 52 Percent of Social Network Users Post Risky Information,
  • 20. Do you trust Facebook to do what is right with your information?
  • 21. Explore Facebook’s privacy settings (Live Demo).
  • 22. Live Demo
  • 23. Want to Hangout?