if you are not careful, pretty much everything that you put up there is available to to Facebook to on-sell. They can even sell a license to someone who could use your content. It gets worse. The new owner of your stuff could sue You if you reprint the stuff. After all. They will have paid license fees for it
In a posting on its privacy blog, Facebook said the expanded archive feature would be introduced gradually to its 845 million monthly active users.
Facebook has announced that it will begin scanning all users' pictures with facial recognition software, allowing the site to automatically recognize users' faces and identify them in photos.
The "Like" button, now replaced by a "Recommend" button (see it up there on the left hand corner of the screen), raised concerns over privacy issues and outraged many users over whether Facebook should be able to share their information with other websites. Like other Facebook features, it involved a complicated "opt out" process.
You have these ‘Like’ buttons on every page on the web. Every time that button is called up, that is actually Facebook, that is not just an element on the page – that element comes from Facebook. So just by having that element on the page, it sends data back to Facebook.
Catherine Crump, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, has described the requests by employers for social media login information as akin to opening your postal mail. The employer is essentially asking to go on a fishing expedition through your Facebook pages, seeing if they'll come across any useful information about you.
Deleting your Facebook account did not, as promised, remove your content from the service. Plus, in instances where Facebook promised to streamline privacy settings and make them more effective, the online tools they provided would in many cases cause the user to reveal even more information to advertisers and the public.
The most startling findings however, involve how much Facebook knows about its nearly 900 million members, and how much we freely offer — information mined by employers, insurers, the IRS, divorce lawyers, as well as identity thieves and other criminals.
Facebook, for example, has strict guidelines that require app developers to ask permission before accessing or sharing any user information and allows them to collect only the user data that they need to perform their stated tasks.
Facebook lists users' concerns over privacy as a risk to its business because it could prompt them to curb their usage of the social network.
A German data protection official has warned Facebook investors that the social networking site's $38 starting share price is based on practices that breach European privacy rules, as the company fell flat on its market debut.
The company, under intense scrutiny for its privacy policies as it prepares for what promises to be a blockbuster initial public offering next year, has agreed to get its users' permission before making changes to privacy settings.
The recent controversial issue raised with Facebook — as well as other Internet giants such as Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Adobe and Microsoft in years past — is that the company has acknowledged that it uses supercookies to monitor Facebook’s 800 million users’ web browsing activities, and non-members, even after they leave the site. It said it keeps a log of that data for up to 90 days.