BOSTON--(Sophos today responded to Facebook’s announcement of what were declared to be “drastically simplified” privacy controls. Facebook announced these controls at an event today in Palo Alto, CA. Overall, Sophos sees any move to give users more control of how their personally identifiable information is shared as a positive step – but it must be made clear that Facebook’s privacy policies remain unchanged. As such, with the information of nearly 500 million users and a track record of “share first, ask permission later,” these moves must be analyzed critically. The points in today’s announcement that Sophos finds most interesting and telling include:)--IT security and data protection firm
“The wild popularity of Facebook both plays to, and preys on, a willingness for people to connect and share their lives”
A longer version of Sophos’ reaction can be found at Sophos Senior Security Advisor, Chet Wisniewski’s blog.
“The wild popularity of Facebook both plays to, and preys on, a willingness for people to connect and share their lives,” said Wisniewski. “In watching this drama play out, the fundamental conflicts between self defense and self promotion, as well as privacy and profit, are painfully apparent in Mark Zuckerberg’s Washington Post editorial. While he may believe Facebook was ‘moving too fast’ in terms of innovation, the maddeningly slow speed at which they reacted to user dissatisfaction is the real core issue. While we laud some of the steps that Facebook has taken today, we emphasize that the community must remain vigilant and maintain a critical eye on any change that is made, to ensure that improvements continue and that gains are not lost.”
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