Our topic this week: Facebook and privacy. At the F8 conference on April 21, Facebook rolled out privacy changes and new data sharing features. As usually happens when Facebook makes a privacy change, there was a swift and mighty backlash against them. But this time, even the federal government is getting involved--four senators sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking the company to roll back some of the new features.
Do the words Facebook and privacy even belong together anymore? What is going on at the world's largest social network?
To discuss, our guests today are two people who have studied the company in depth. First, in the studio, Declan McCullagh, our politics and policies reporter. And joining us in from Washington DC, Kara Swisher from All Things Digital and co-producer of the D8 conference with WSJ's Walt Mossberg. Thanks for joining us!Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
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It's Rafe and Molly on the show today, and it kind of turned into a blur of Apple-related frustrations. But hey, our opinions might not matter in the least: iPad 3G arrives today in all its closed-off glory, while possible competitor tablets from Microsoft and HP are dropping like flies. Plus, Apple now owns a powerful new collection of multitouch gestures. But dammit, they killed Lala.com, and we just cannot truck with that kind of behavior (iTunes.com? Hello?).Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1218
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You probably have a Facebook account--well over 400 million people do. You've probably noticed that the look and feel of your profile have recently changed (again).
And you've probably heard a lot recently about Facebook changing its privacy policies (again). Maybe you've even seen something about a rumor that Facebook employees say offhand that CEO Mark Zuckerberg "doesn't believe in" privacy--and how some people very high up in Washington are starting to take notice. Will government intervention in Facebook be saving you from unwanted snooping or just interfering in your Mafia Wars games? … Read more
A lawyer for Gizmodo says the gadget blog could sue the sheriff's office in San Mateo County, Calif., for raiding an editor's home last Friday as part of a criminal probe into an errant iPhone prototype.
The option of a lawsuit "is available because search is not the appropriate method in this situation," Thomas R. Burke, a media lawyer and partner in the San Francisco offices of Davis Wright Tremaine, told CNET. He said the search warrant violated a California journalist shield law designed to limit searches of newsrooms.
Burke added, however, that he has been … Read more
I'm working on a story about understanding and managing Facebook's new privacy options. I'm trying to find the silver lining in the story from the consumer's perspective, so I can present reasonable options other than "just turn it all off!"
Here is one positive thing to emerge: Likebutton.me. It's an aggregation site that reminds me of PopUrls, but instead of just taking headlines from a bunch of sites, it takes the items your Facebook friends "like" and shows them to you on the top of the story lists, followed by … Read more
Sen. Charles Schumer of New York has come out swinging against new announcements by Facebook that modify how much member data is shared with third-party companies, suggesting that the Federal Trade Commission needs to promptly address the issue of social-network privacy.
A press release from Schumer's office announced that he has written to the FTC to ask that the agency "examine the privacy disclosures of social-networking sites to ensure they are not misleading or fail to fully disclose the extent to which they share information...(and) provide guidelines for use of private information and prohibit access without user … Read more
As acolytes sat in nodding wonderment listening to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg tell them how the world really is (not very private at all) and how it's going to be (even less private), the people behind Gawker Media were enduring (or perhaps even enjoying) sometimes nasty critiques. They had, after all, revealed something terribly private about one of the world's great personalities, the iPhone.
Many lawyers have opined on the legality of Gawker's actions. I am sure that they are all right. Lawyers always are. At least that's what they tell me. I just wish some … Read more
Another credit card belonging to a Blippy user could be found in Google search Saturday, and the company said it had asked Google to re-index its entire site.
Silicon Alley Insider noticed that a site search of Blippy.com with the query "outstanding" turned up the debit card number of a Blippy user, a day after Blippy discovered that the credit card numbers of four Blippy users could be found via Google. Blippy inadvertently exposed the numbers to the public Internet in February, but did not realize the problem until Friday.
Blippy confirmed that a fifth user had … Read more