What the Facebook settlement will probably mean for you

Facebook changed its privacy policy in 2009 to make users’ profiles more public by default. The changes came under pretty severe criticism at the time and prompted a complaint to the US Federal Trade Commission, the essence of which was the following: The basic premise of the complaint is that most users either don’t understandContinue reading “What the Facebook settlement will probably mean for you”

LinkedIn’s privacy policy changes underscore a larger threat to users

LinkedIn has caused quite a fuss in the last few days with its changes to its privacy policy on 16 June 2011 enabling it to make use of users’ profile photos and names in what it terms “social advertising”, among other things. What is more interesting is how it gave itself the right to doContinue reading “LinkedIn’s privacy policy changes underscore a larger threat to users”

Developing effective privacy policies

Privacy is a hot topic this year, perhaps even more so than last year. The Protection of Personal Information Bill is slowly making its way through Parliament and will, when it is finally passed and signed into law, have quite a profound effect on our privacy law as well as how privacy and personal informationContinue reading “Developing effective privacy policies”

JobSpace: a privacy nightmare for job seekers

Note: I often find myself wondering if people see the issues I write about on this site as important. There is a disconnect between what lawyers like me regard as important and what ordinary people regard as important so stories about Facebook’s privacy blunders often don’t merit all that much attention from the broader FacebookContinue reading “JobSpace: a privacy nightmare for job seekers”