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ACLU petition for Facebook privacy

May 13th, 2010 (03:47 pm)

The ACLU is running a petition to ask Facebook to provide actual privacy protections.

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Posted by: goldsquare (goldsquare)
Posted at: May 13th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)

I note with ironic sadness that ACLU is asking for personal data, but doesn't say ON THAT PAGE where or how it will be shared. :-)

Posted by: goldsquare (goldsquare)
Posted at: May 13th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)

I read their privacy policy. Meh: no easy opt out of having them use that data for marketing to me, or for sale to similar organizations, etc.

Me so proud... :-)

Posted by: dsrtao (dsrtao)
Posted at: May 14th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)

I gave them some money at one point -- and spent the next two years being bombarded by snail mail and telephone requests for more money.

The EFF doesn't do that.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: May 14th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)

I don't think they've ever phoned me, but they have sent me a lot of snail mail.

The one that really annoys me is that they keep sending me mail asking me to include them in my estate planning. Uh, no, my children have dibs on that, thank you.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: May 13th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)

Interesting point. Most of the similar efforts they do are for sending messages to politicians, who allegedly ignore anonymous messages. In this one, they've stripped out everything except name, email address, and an optional ZIP code (which is usually not optional when writing to politicians, so they can know which representatives to send to).

I will say that I've never detected them abusing my data. I've been filling out their "contact your representatives" forms for over 10 years now, mostly using unique email addresses every time, and I've never gotten spam on those addresses. (I just checked, too: I save spam, to use for training Bayesian filters, and those address do not show up in that folder.)

Posted by: goldsquare (goldsquare)
Posted at: May 13th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)

If you asked me "do I trust them to be ethical", I'd have said yes.

But their systems don't permit the fine-grained controls that they are asking Facebook for. Ironic, yes?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: May 13th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)

Oh, definitely ironic.

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