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Links to Facebook Privacy Settings

This table provides all of the links from my previous post in one place:

# Setting Link Comment
1 Friend lists Friends area .
2 Facebook search Search privacy settings .
3 Google search Search privacy settings .
4 Photo Tagging Profile privacy See the section “Photos and Videos of Me”
5 Protect Your Albums Photo privacy .
6 Relationship Status Profile privacy change the “Family and Relationship” setting to “Only Me”
7 Applications Applications privacy When you play a game, create an event, etc. you use an application and share information with it. These settings can limit that sharing.
You probably don’t know (I didn’t) is that when your friends use applications, those applications also get to see your information.
8 Contact information Contact privacy settings Who gets to see your email address, snail-mail address, phone numbers, IM name, etc.
9 Embarrassing wall posts Profile page or Profile privacy On the Profile page, click on the “Options” link directly under the publisher.
10 Friendship privacy Profile page
  1. Go to your profile page
  2. Click on the pencil icon in the top right corner of your “Friends” box
  3. Uncheck the box which says “Show my friends on my profile”
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Good Job Aid for Facebook Privacy Settings

The ten settings in this article walk you through tailoring your Facebook privacy settings. I’d still like to see something even more simple, but so far this is the best.

via All Facebook 10 New Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know.

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Facebookarazzi: What we have in common with Angelina Jolie

The implications of Facebook’s recent privacy rollback will likely take months to reveal themselves. But it’s already clear they go beyond Mark Zuckerberg’s stash of intimate pics; we’re already starting to learn new things about Hollywood celebrities.

Take Angelina Jolie, for example: Did you know the sought-after actress has just 27 Facebook friends, and they’re almost all A-listers?

See the list and links to the celebs:

Facebookarazzi: Stalking Celebrities Just Got a Whole Lot Easier – Facebook – Gawker.

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The result of Facebook Privacy Changes

For most types of information on your profile, Facebook lets you select a level of disclosure. The following table summarizes the effects of each available option.

Option Who/What Can Access?
Friend Friend
Any Facebook User Any
Internet User
App You Run App Your Friend Runs Facebook or Bing Search
Friends and Networks YES YES* YES YES**
Friends of Friends YES YES YES YES**
Only Friends YES YES YES**
Custom *** YES ***

*: For privacy purposes, persons in your regional network are not considered part of your networks, and thus would not be able to view this content.

**: By default, this information is available. However, users can change their search privacy settings and application privacy settings to change the availability of this information.

***: See Facebook for a description of the custom setting.

“Publicly Available Information” or “PAI”

Unlike the other privacy settings, “publicly available information” is not an option. This is the category of information in your profile that Facebook has decided must be publicly available. This means that there are no privacy settings that can prevent disclosure of information in this category, and anyone who finds and visits your profile page can see this information, as can any application that you or your friends use. Facebook search and Internet search engines can also see this information if you do not adjust your search privacy settings.

“Publicly available information” includes your name, profile photo, list of friends, pages you are a fan of, gender, networks to which you belong, and current city.

The existence and consequences of PAI are new. Before the current changes, from our experience it was possible to control the disclosure of everything but your name and the networks you belong to through the search privacy settings and through the profile option on the Profile: Basic Info privacy settings page. This option is no longer available to Facebook users.

**Friend List Update**

A lot of people seem to be wondering how to hide their friend lists on their profile pages. This is no longer a privacy setting because friend lists have been declared publicly available information.& However you can still hide the list on your profile page by clicking the pencil icon in the top right corner of the friends box and unchecking “Show my friends on my profile.” Unfortunately, this does not seem to affect the visibility of your friend list when someone searches for you on Facebook or on your public profile if you have chosen to allow indexing of your page, so there is no way that we have found to truly hide your friend list anymore. There also doesn’t seem to be a way to only display mutual friends, or to filter which of your friends see your friends list.



If you select the Everyone option, you are voluntarily making the information affected publicly available. It will be treated exactly the same as “publicly available information.” Any user (or application) on the site can potentially see it, and search engines can access it unless you change your search settings. This means that, even if you later change the setting to a more restrictive privacy option, the information may be preserved by other web sites or applications that have already accessed it.


If you select the Custom option, you can choose to share this information with specific groups of friends. These friends–and any app that they run, unless you adjust your application settings–will have access to this information, but your other friends will not.

This post quoted at length from What Does Facebook’s Privacy Transition Mean for You?
Copyright 2009 American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
Reprinted with permission of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California http://www.aclunc.org

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Report: Facebook Game Addicts “Paid” to Oppose Health Care Reform



via Report: Facebook Game Addicts “Paid” to Oppose Health Care Reform.

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Schneier vs. Schmidt on “privacy is for those who have something to hide.”

Fire Lane, Do Not Block

During an interview on CNBC December 3rd Google CEO Eric Schmidt said:

I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines — including Google — do retain this information for some time and it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities.

Valleywag summarized this easy surrender of our basic rights in an article called Google CEO: Secrets Are for Filthy People.

So privacy is automatically wrong? If you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about (nothing to hide)?

Wrong! From the awesome Bruce Schneier:

Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we’re doing nothing wrong at the time of surveillance.

We do nothing wrong when we make love or go to the bathroom. We are not deliberately hiding anything when we seek out private places for reflection or conversation. We keep private journals, sing in the privacy of the shower, and write letters to secret lovers and then burn them. Privacy is a basic human need.


For if we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that — either now or in the uncertain future — patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts. We lose our individuality, because everything we do is observable and recordable.


Too many wrongly characterize the debate as “security versus privacy.” The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny. Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy. Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that’s why we should champion privacy even when we have nothing to hide.

See the rest at “Schneier on Security” My Reaction to Eric Schmidt.

Thanks to Boing Boing Schneier vs. Schmidt on “privacy is for those who have something to hide.”.

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