Facebook now have to sort out privacy say FTC

The Federal Trade Commission said Facebook’s claims about its privacy policies were unfair and deceptive and violated federal law.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them.

The FTC have ruled that Facebook will now be required to obtain approval from users before making any changes to privacy settings or how data is shared and also stop anyone accessing a deleted account within 30 days of its deletion.

This is good news. Isn’t it what we said all along, opt in, not opt out!   I am not against Mark Zuckerberg or Facebook but they really need to listen to the users.  From what I’ve seen they aren’t good listeners.

In Mark Zuckerberg’s blog post today he actually said…

Overall, I think we have a good history of providing transparency and control over who can see your information.

REALLY?  He still doesn’t see that people were confused about keeping certain data or information private, or what was being shared. Then it was changed and private information suddenly wasn’t private any more, and then changed again, people had no idea what was going on. 

He then admits “We’ve made a bunch of mistakes.” 

Erm.. yeah.

This case has been going on for 2 years now, and Facebook have apparently made many changes to Facebook to try fix things, or they said they did. But now Facebook have actually agreed that they will implement these changes, I wonder will it actually happen, and what will haven’t if they don’t.

The FTC complaint lists a number of instances in which Facebook allegedly made promises that it did not keep:

  • In December 2009, Facebook changed its website so certain information that users may have designated as private – such as their Friends List – was made public. They didn’t warn users that this change was coming, or get their approval in advance.
  • Facebook represented that third-party apps that users’ installed would have access only to user information that they needed to operate. In fact, the apps could access nearly all of users’ personal data – data the apps didn’t need.
  • Facebook told users they could restrict sharing of data to limited audiences – for example with “Friends Only.” In fact, selecting “Friends Only” did not prevent their information from being shared with third-party applications their friends used.
  • Facebook had a “Verified Apps” program & claimed it certified the security of participating apps. It didn’t.
  • Facebook promised users that it would not share their personal information with advertisers. It did.
  • Facebook claimed that when users deactivated or deleted their accounts, their photos and videos would be inaccessible. But Facebook allowed access to the content, even after users had deactivated or deleted their accounts.
  • Facebook claimed that it complied with the U.S.- EU Safe Harbor Framework that governs data transfer between the U.S. and the European Union. It didn’t.

Facebook got off pretty lightly by the sounds of it, they didn’t actually admit to any wrong doing and they didn’t even get a fine. It sounds more like they have been asked to make these changes and Facebook said Ok then.

However under the FTC agreement Facebook are to obtain periodic assessments of its privacy practices by Independent third party auditors for the next 20 years!


What do you feel about all of this, are you concerned about Facebook privacy – do you want more changes?  What changes do you want?  Or are you happy with Facebook as it is now?

Watch this space…

Hope this helps

Bannatyne twitter shames Suzie Warner for review now missing.


Looking for Suzie Warners original review that caused the Bannatyne backlash?

You won’t find it, it was removed, as quoted by entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne OBE today –

What you will see if you do a search for the review on Swgillingham, Charlton House is a Google entry here, that is still floating around Google, but click on it and it is gone.

I admit this morning I was very disappointed to read that Duncan Bannatyne (who I value reading his tweets on Twitter) had over reacted in my opinion and retweeted Suzie Warners personal details (phone number and email); causing her to receive hate mail and texts.  Why?  Not because I think she was right “lying” on the review about the hotel because she didn’t get her own way but because I believe that using twitter and his influence like that is wrong, it actually makes me sad.  Mostly because of his influence, Duncan Bannatyne has 250,000 followers who will do whatever he says – some of which shared and retweeted this information. 

Not that we can even comment on what she said, as its now been removed, we only have others word for that. We can however see that DB retweeted the phone numbers as that is in his twitter stream, so that we know is a fact.

To make matters worse for Suzie Warner people are saying that she sold her story to the Sun, well according to a comment made by Kevin O’Sullivan on a very good post by @Markshaw here Kevin tracked down Suzie for the story and no fee was discussed.  The Sun article here

So if Duncan Bannatyne had said nothing on his twitter page about this review, not as many people would know about the review it as they do now, because how many of us even new Tripadvisor existed  before?  We all do now, good PR for them.

Edit – Four years on from this – with the same views but now I see that some people forget what free speech actually means. Their are some people that hide behind, this guise of free speech –  If you are using the freedom of free speech – using misinformation just to bully or hurt someone OVER and OVER this can’t be right can it. 

Facebook Free Makeup Scam

Another Facebook post?  Anyone would think I like Facebook. Or actually used it 🙂 
Anyway …… I might be a bit late in posting this but its only just starting appearing in my Facebook feed, so it might help someone. 
Scam on Facebook 
We’ve all seen them before but we are still clicking on them or they wouldn’t keep posting.  Stop it. 
If one of your friends sends you a link to get Free makeup, please don’t click it, and certainly don’t enter your Facebook details or log in with Facebook.
Never click anything like this, you don’t get anything for nothing as the old saying goes. Just as there are no free ipads or free 60″ flat screen TV’s – you didn’t believe that did you? So don’t believe this. 
There are various different links for the  free make-up scams, and they are mostly like this Just visit www.456makeup.info. with varying different numbers.  The trap is that it looks like your friend has received her free makeup but in truth its just posting messages from her/his account.  
Is this a Scam you ask, well it is actually nothing sinister like a virus as such. It takes over your account to send messages that you don’t know about and you don’t even get anything free, apart from a free look at many advertisements. Both of which are just very annoying!
If you really want to find out more about the slightly suspicious message that you have seen from your friend, you should in-box the friend that posted it and ask them if they did post that message and what was  it about.  Then you will know if it is for real or not.

If it is too late and you did click the link then these instructions from Facebook will remove it

If your account has been taken over and used to send spam, you should follow these steps immediately:

  • Reset your Facebook password. You can do this by clicking the “Forgot your password?” link on the login page or by going to the Account Settings page once logged in.
  • If you can’t reset your password because the email address you use to log in has changed, or if your account has been disabled, visit our help page.
  • Make sure you have up-to-date security software on your computer, run a scan, and remove any malicious files. If you don’t do this, and your computer is infected, your account may be taken over again. If you don’t yet have protection for your computer, you can download a complimentary six-month subscription of McAfee security software. Learn more on the Software tab.
Hope this helps. 

Happy Facebooking 🙂