Submission Number: 00007
Received: 11/29/2011 4:07:51 PM
Commenter: Mike Bielski
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Facebook, Inc., FTC File No. 0923184
Attachments: No Attachments
I have concerns about the privacy of Facebook, and would like to give comment before the deal is enacted.
I feel that there are several flaws that should be further addressed. Using Facebook should not mean that users automatically surrender all privacy. It should be possible to block Facebook from providing your information to any third party site or individual without your prior approval. This includes the new "ticker" feature, which allows users to see the comments their friends post on the walls of people who are not their friends and the ability of a friend's page to surrender your information without your consent.
It should also be clarified- does Facebook own all of our personal data? Is everything that we post the property of Facebook? If so, then Facebook should be required to state plainly and clearly to all users and potential users that joining Facebook is a complete surrender of privacy. If it is not, then Facebook has a much greater responsibility to its users to protect their privacy, one which they are not living up to. In either case, something needs to change with respect to these issues.