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Facebook changes privacy rules, again

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Facebook has once again updated it's privacy policy.

The Irish Privacy board did a review.  WBTV's cyber expert, Theresa Payton, says she's looked at the changes and she thinks we should all speak up about our privacy concerns to Facebook.   

Her advice:

Read the Privacy Statement:

1.  Caution:  There is a lot to read

2.  YOUR Data Storage:  No commitment as to how short or long they keep your data on file:  "as long as it is necessary to provide services."

3.  Your Data is Public:  Your cover photo and gender are considered PUBLIC information - it does not matter how tight your privacy settings are.  You can "hide" your gender in timeline but it will be passed to advertisers.  Great quote from the policy:  "If you're uncomfortable with making your profile pictures or cover photos public, you can always delete them."

4.  They know your location:  And they confirm what they grab whenever you connect to Facebook:  "We receive data from the computer, mobile phone or other device you use to access Facebook. This may include your IP address, location, the type of browser you use, or the pages you visit."

WEB RESOURCES:

Facebook Memo to Members from Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer, Policy

Explanation of Changes

Cookies

Data Use Policy

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