Thursday, April 01, 2010

Social networking site privacy continues to generate controversy; MA. teen's Facebook invitation leads to wilding party

Doug Gross has a more detailed article on CNN on April 1 on the Facebook and other social networking site privacy issues, “Sharing vs. your privacy on Facebook”, link here.

Users of Facebook applications are finding that “friends” sometimes have access to important personal information when the friends use the same games or applications. Developers also may have sometimes gotten access to personal information, especially second and third hand developers. The company has had to put in a lot of effort to rethink and tweak its policies.

Recently, we reported a case were a “friend” burglarized a home after learning that someone was going to be out. On Good Morning America today, there was a report of a family that had its home vandalized while parents were away when their teenager advertised himself on Facebook, and other teens used Facebook to “invite” others to the “wilding” party, which they publicized on the Internet for their 15 minutes of fame, naïve as to police consequences. The ABC News story by Lee Ferran is here  (“How to Prepare Your Teen for Being Home Alone: After Party Caused $45K in Damage at a Mass. Home, Here's What You Can Do”. I’m a little surprised that you can’t trust an older teen “home alone”.

Update: April 13

Check a May 5 Time article by Claire Suddath, "The Downside of Friends: Facebook's Hacking Problem", link here.

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