Facebook Rules: Privacy Invasions From Other Users

Privacy and Security

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Jonathan Zittrain


The New York Times, Feb. 18, 2009, Room for Debate blog


This short article describes how Facebook responds to user’s concerns.

Policy Relevance

Internet users should discuss how to resolve conflicts over personal data shared between users online.

Main Points

  • Users became very concerned when Facebook changed its policy over who has the right to tag and untag photos.

  • Facebook was trying to resolve potential conflicts over what happens to a tagged photo when a user closes his account.

  • Using legalese to broadly claim ownership and tagging rights confused users.

  • Internet users should start discussing and working on systems for handling these problems.

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