Video: Facebook Places privacy settings
Since Facebook launched its Places check-in feature last night, I haven't seen any rush to take advantage of this location-based service. When I checked the Facebook site on my phone this afternoon, I saw only five people checked in: two other tech columnists, one Facebook employee, one co-worker with a history of trying out new technologies, and me.
That's good. I'd rather see people hold off on Places until they understand its implications -- and have checked their own privacy settings. To help with that, I recorded the video below to show my own suggested changes to the usual privacy settings governing who can see your check-ins, whether other friends can check you in and what Facebook applications on friends' profiles can do with your check-in data. Have a look--if you'd prefer a higher-resolution version, click over to the copy I've uploaded to YouTube--then share your own suggestions in the comments.
(Same-as-yesterday disclaimers: Post Co. Chairman Don Graham on Facebook board of directors, Post markets self on Facebook, blah blah blah.)
You might also want to read this critique of Places' privacy defaults by the Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which suggests some ways Facebook could improve this feature's usefulness while protecting your privacy. You should also read this recap of an important exchange during the Q&A after Facebook's press event, in which a product manager admits that Facebook's system could result in people's homes becoming listed as public places. That's why you should never add somebody else's house as a location on any check-in service.
August 19, 2010; 4:32 PM ET
Categories: Location awareness , Privacy , Social media
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