Facebook Interface Offers More Privacy

by Linda Franklin 

Facebook Screen Offers More Privacy Linda Franklin The Real Cougar WomanDid you know that if you’re on Facebook and sign up for an app or a game you will override your global privacy settings?  I didn’t.

Now scientists have created a simple interface that clearly shows what information you’re about to give the app access to.  This is important for us to know.

The sign-up interface was devised by Penn State University researchers, who claim that many Facebook app developers may try to profit from their games and tools by selling or sharing the data with advertisers and other companies. The information could also be leaked to identity thieves.

Members who sign up for an app must agree to new terms of information disclosure that are often different from their main Facebook privacy settings, they say. 

Penn State assistant professor of information sciences and technology Heng Xu pointed out that although each app must provide a link to its terms and conditions, the consequences for your privacy settings are obscure.

She said: ‘The only way to find out how the information is going to be used is to go to each app’s website and review the terms of use. And most people won’t do that.’ 

The sign-up screen currently is a general agreement that shows information third-party developers are requesting. If the member does not agree, the member cannot use the app.

The screen designed by the researchers allows members to decide what types of information they are comfortable sharing and with whom they want to share it.

The design features three boxes to offer members the option to share their app activity history with all the members of their network, just specific people, or keep all of the information private.

Privacy settings allow members to determine how much information the member wants to display or share with their members of their network and Facebook.

Xu said that people may not even know that they may expose their friends’ personal data if they use apps. A calendar app, for example, could allow developers to access the member’s birthdate, as well as the birthdate of friends who are part of the member’s network.

As you would expect, a Facebook spokesperson vigorously denied that using apps is a risky process for its users. 

The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality. Linda Franklin says,” there is no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system and a dream.  All things are possible”.  Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.

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