"The study, conducted amongst 680 readers on Sophos's website and Facebook page, found that an overwhelming 95 per cent of the respondents think the privacy changes are 'a bad thing,'" the information security company posted on its Web site.
Sophos blogger Graham Cluley explains "this would mean that [you] might visit a website and discover that it already knows who you are, your date of birth, where you live, who your friends are. All, without ever having given the site explicit permission to access that data."
If Facebook was truly concerned with protecting its users' privacy, Cluley wrote, the company would make its users "opt-in" rather than "opt-out" of sharing their personal information with third-parties.
"Once again, it feels like online privacy is being eroded by stealth," Cluley observed. "Too many websites are chipping away at their members' privacy and security, potentially exposing their personal data to third parties that were never in the equation when they first signed-up for the service."
IN OTHER FACEBOOK NEWS, a teenage boy in Arkansas filed harassment charges against his mother after she allegely broke into his Facebook account, posted unflattering remarks about him, and then changed his passwords. The boy's mother, Denise New, pledged to fight back, saying "'If I'm found guilty on this it is going to be open season' on parents," the New York Daily News reported.
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