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Facebook Loosens Privacy Controls, Sparks a Backlash

Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Kevin Bankston, for one, criticized Facebook for removing controls as it tried to simplify its privacy settings.

“Things get downright ugly when it comes to controlling who gets to see personal information such as your list of friends,” said Bankston. “Under the new regime, Facebook treats that information — along with your name, profile picture, current city, gender, networks and the pages that you are a ‘fan’ of — as ‘publicly available information’ or ‘PAI.’ Before, users were allowed to restrict access to much of that information.”

Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wired News

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