Wednesday, September 16, 2009

COM: Interesting note from my friends at the ACLU

If you are on Facebook, you've undoubtedly seen the quizzes that are
so popular on the site. Perhaps you or your friends have even taken

These quizzes might be fun. But it's shocking just how much of
your information quizzes can access and how little Facebook does to
safeguard that information.

That's why we've created our own Facebook quiz that demonstrates what
could be revealed when you, or your friends, take any other quiz on

Take our Facebook quiz and find out: What do quizzes really reveal
about you?

(You'll need to have a Facebook account to take this quiz at Facebook.
If you don't have one, be sure to review their policy before signing up. )

We know it's a little weird to warn you about Facebook quizzes by
asking you to take a Facebook quiz -- but at least you know who we are
and that we have a real privacy policy that we're committed to
upholding. Can you say the same for every unknown developer of every
quiz you or your friends take?

Chances are you can't. Our quiz shows you firsthand how Facebook
allows any quiz developer to access your personal
information--including religious and political views, sexual
orientation, pictures, groups, and posts. And how most of your
personal information can be exposed even if it's your friend, and not
you, who takes one of these quizzes.

If details about your personal life are collected by a quiz developer,
who knows where they could end up or how they could be used. Shared?
Sold? Turned over to the government?

It's time for Facebook to upgrade its privacy controls to give you
control of your personal information.

Take our Facebook quiz and take action to protect yourself now.

Start by taking the quiz and changing your own Facebook privacy
settings--and then sign our online petition and demand that
Facebook give you real control over your own information by default!

Eric, Gerri, Lisa, Shannon, Suzanne and Jeremy
ACLU Online Team

P.S. Even if you're not on Facebook, you can sign our online
petition to demand better privacy protections.

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