AirTalk for December 21, 2009

Advocates slam Facebook privacy changes

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In this photo illustration the Social networking site Facebook is displayed on a laptop screen on March 25, 2009 in London, England.

Are people who post personal pictures and daily status updates online really itching for privacy? The short answer is yes. But Facebook’s new privacy enhancements are falling short. Last Thursday, a coalition of privacy groups asked regulators to look into the new, controversial settings. The complaint, filed by The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), says the features reduce customer control and make users’ pictures, location, gender and friend lists automatically public. Is Facebook private enough? Or should we un-friend it?

Guests:

Ryan Singel, Staff Writer covering civil liberty and privacy issues for WIRED.com’s Threat Level blog

John Verdi, Senior Counsel, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)


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