I really don't think it's that difficult .. I think it's more like most people just can't be bothered to go through all the settings. it took about 10 mins to make my facebook safe enough for me to be protected from scary people.
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Anyone else think the facebook privacy saga is ridiculous? watch
- 29-07-2010 22:34
- 30-07-2010 00:20
Well it depends really. Realistically, it's nothing new, in the sense that it's publically available information being made public, but there are a couple of minor implications.
Firstly, is that there is now essentially a single-file database of profile URLs for spammers and marketers to use. Not a huge risk, and more of an annoyance, but this guy has essentially saved teams of spammers and scammers a lot of time by collating the information from the FB Directory for them.
The other problem is that even if users do change their privacy settings to be removed from the Directory, their user ID and profile URL will remain in this public file. Clearly it's even less risk again if they're not even listed any more, but if somebody had a reason to hide the fact that they had Facebook, for whatever purpose, then that element's sort of been removed.
But obviously, these are barely anything to worry about, especially if paranoid and angry users now take the hint and update their privacy settings; it may work out for the better
- 30-07-2010 01:41
Rule 1) Never post anything on Facebook, write in an email, or comment on a forum what you wouldn't mind being disclosed to your boss/mother/grandmother/professor/teacher/world.
Rule 2) If you followed rule 1, privacy settings and data compromises should not severely effect you.
- 30-07-2010 07:19
99% of people wouldn't even have known about that list if the BBC hadn't published an article on it..