To say that Facebook has come under fire for its privacy (or lack there of) would be an understatement. They’ve been opening up users’ data to the world with changes to privacy settings after the introduction of several new features. All of that seemed to come to a point for me today when I logged in to my profile and was greeted with a new feature to find pages I might be interested in linking to. Handy? Well, maybe. The feature scans your profile for key elements and finds pages “for you” so you can join. Problem is, it does things like search hometowns, jobs, etc. which is all the information in our profiles that we’re trying to keep private in the first place. Keep in mind that pages are public to the world, and for me personally, I’ve become very selective in the pages that I link to. But what was scary were the options at the bottom of the prompt:
If you’ll notice, there’s a very important option that’s missing: “No”. Perhaps this is a misconception due to a poorly-worded prompt, but it was a bad one to screw up at this stage in the privacy game.