The Facebook Privacy War: What is Personal Data?

by Curtis Silver


There is a current campaign on the internet for users to not log into Facebook for a whole day on June 6th, 2010. This comes in response to the recent changes made by Facebook to their privacy settings, especially to the one leaving the default “on” instead of “off.” Basically it became quite apparent that Facebook is in fact, a business, and that your so-called “personal” data was for sale. To economists and investors, this was no surprise at all. They all expected Facebook to make a genuine attempt to make money at some point, and what better way than demographic targeted advertising?

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2 thoughts on “The Facebook Privacy War: What is Personal Data?

  1. THANK YOU for re-posting this Geek Dad article!! More people need to remember this: Do not post any information on the internet that you are not comfortable sharing with the ENTIRE world. Nothing is private. That being said, I still think facebook serves some good purposes for networking… so long as nobody is using it for official secure communication.

    • You are welcome. I think this article speaks volumes about Internet privacy. It’s so interesting how most people on the Internet truly believe their information is private. And, I agree with you about Facebook. Thanks for the comment.

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