Facebook privacy does not
The security of data,
photos and publications on Facebook is a constant
discussion: is what you publish save or not? Can the whole
world see it?
In December I wrote an
about how to use Facebook without publishing your personal data
on the World Wide Web. Since then I have been trying to break
our Facebook account, to prove the privacy settings of Facebook
cannot be trusted. The account settings are so strict that the
publications are only visible to friends, the highest privacy
level in Facebook. No matter what I did, I could neither find a
trace of the account nor the publications anywhere. As far as
non-friends are concerned it does not exist on Facebook.
However, it finally dawned on me: re-publications! Your own
publications are save as long as you configure your account
correctly, but as soon as one of your inner circle friends
decides to re-publish your comment, photo, video or whatever you
were doing on their Wall, it can become publicly accessible. It
al depends on your friends settings and their friends settings
and etc. etc. Even if you try virtual suicide (a company that
removes all your stuff from Facebook for you if you decide so),
your photos and videos that have been re-published are still out
there and might come to haunt you in years from now.
As I said before: Anything you write or publish, that leaves
your computer through an Internet connection, no matter where or
how you publish it, can become public property. So, before
hitting the publish or mail send button, think one more time:
Would you mind if this material would appear on the front page
of your national newspaper?!