Facebook updates privacy options

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facebook_logo.jpgFacebook has announced an overhaul of its privacy settings, which it claims will make it easier to set a range of personal options specifying who can see your profile and personal information.

According to the FAQ, only 25% of Facebook users have changed the default privacy settings in the past.

The new privacy settings include whether friends of friends can see your profile. At the moment, it doesn’t seem possible to make your profile fully available to everyone, though Facebook says: “Facebook is about connecting and sharing information with people you already know in the real world and enhancing existing relationships. Some people do want to be more public than others and we will be offering additional options in the future.”

The privacy rules for under-18s using Facebook haven’t changed.

I’m not sure how many people will delve far into these new settings. It would be possible to spend a long time assigning contacts and lists of contacts different privacy and access levels, but I can’t see most people doing that. In fact, I’m pretty sure I won’t bother.

Still, it’s good to know that you could restrict your boss’s access to pictures of your drunken nights out — though why you have your boss as a friend on Facebook is another issue.

Facebook Updated Privacy Controls FAQ

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Andy Merrett
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