arnie1967: (Speech bubble)
Their latest round of permissions to invade your life, focus on Android users. article.

But Facebook have explained how they'll use this info. Facebook help page. For those you don't want to click on the link, here's what they're asking for.

*Read your text messages (SMS or MMS)
*Download files without notification
*Read/write your contacts
*Add or modify calendar events and send email to guests without owners’ knowledge
*Read calendar events plus confidential information

So, basically, they can read your text and picture messages, alter your calendar, email any invited guests to your events, but it's all to make your life easier. o.O
arnie1967: (Atlantis Sheppard facepalm)
Instagram has updated their privacy policy. According to the article, users have to delete their accounts by 16th January in order to stop Instagram from having the right to sell their photos to advertisers without notification. It also means they can share their users' info with Facebook and 3rd party advertisers.

Their wording: "To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you."

I can't imagine Instagram users are going to be happy over that. Instagram is owned by Facebook. Is Facebook planning on doing the same thing?
arnie1967: (Speech bubble)
I'm only on Facebook for the games, so I considered playing Christmas Tree Light Up. At least, I considered it until I saw this little snippet in the request for permission box:

"Post to Facebook as me
Christmas Tree Light Up may post status messages, notes, photos and videos on my behalf"

Why oh why would I want to let an app post *as me*?!
arnie1967: (Speech bubble)
I don't know about you, but I have my privacy settings quite high. At least, I thought I did. I read a message on a message board, warning about "what your friends can share about you", so went to take a look at mine.

According to FB's default settings, my friends could share everything (updates, photos, home town, links - the lot) except relationship status and my religion! I've unticked them all and saved it.

To check your own, go into 'privacy settings' (under 'account'), and then into 'applications and websites', and then 'what your friends can share about you'.

Also, check out this article on how to opt out of FB's personalization options - the personalization option is apparently so applications (yours or your friends) can use *all* your data. ::is totally not impressed::

Of course, any new way FB brings in to share everything they know about you enhance your FB experience is automatically set to "yes!" because of course you want FB to circumvent whatever privacy settings you thought you already had in place. Nice of them, isn't it?

ETA: Verrrry interesting - and annoying. I've unticked all those "what your friends can share about you" boxes three times so far and saved my preferences...but each time I go back, they're ticked again.

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