Facebook: Automatically Sharing Your Data – a New Privacy Policy

Facebook has again made some changes in their privacy policy before launching its new features at F8. The biggest and the major change Facebook is making in its privacy policy are involving third-party websites and applications.  There have been rumors that on certain third party websites Facebook is planning to opt users into an easy form of Facebook Connect. One would agree that this is a valiant change which may alarm users, at least at first.

Facebook is describing this change as:

When ever you connect to Facebook from other websites or chose to play games or use applications on Facebook, this enables you to find your friend and interact with them. In order to provide you a significant experience, some basic information [General Information] is required by these applications.

We have announced in the privacy policy that there is a possibility of working with certain third party websites which were approved by Facebook in order to make your experience more personalized as soon as you visit their website.

Explaining how it will work? Facebook said;

In order to identify you these partnered website will look for your existing Facebook cookie, even though you have never choose to go for Facebook Connect on the site you’re visiting. Using this cookie, these third party sites will display your friends and other key information.

However, you can always select not to go with these third party websites. But by default, this option is selected for you. How convenient?

By the way, you can have a look at a complete list of these partnered websites.

Let’s take a look at what General Information means;

This includes:

  • Your and your friend’s name.
  • Profile pictures
  • Gender
  • Connections
  • And any shared contents
  • Information regarding your location.
  • Access device
  • And your age

All of this information just to assist third party websites in applying proper security measures and control the distribution of age-appropriate content.

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