Facebook: Six Things You Need to know about Facebook Connections.

facebook With the changes to Facebook that recently announced, here is some additional information concerning the Newly Announced Facebook Connections.  The Following post is from the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) (LINK: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/05/things-you-need-know-about-facebook (http://www NULL.eff NULL.org/deeplinks/2010/05/things-you-need-know-about-facebook))

Six Things You Need to Know About Facebook Connections (http://www NULL.eff NULL.org/deeplinks/2010/05/things-you-need-know-about-facebook)

Commentary by Kurt Opsahl (http://www NULL.eff NULL.org/about/staff/kurt-opsahl)

“Connections.” It’s an innocent-sounding word. But it’s at the heart of some of the worst of Facebook’s recent changes.

Facebook first announced (http://blog NULL.facebook NULL.com/blog NULL.php?post=382978412130) Connections a few weeks ago, and EFF quickly wrote at length about the problems they created (http://www NULL.eff NULL.org/deeplinks/2010/04/facebook-further-reduces-control-over-personal-information). Basically, Facebook has transformed substantial personal information — including your hometown, education, work history, interests, and activities — into “Connections (http://www NULL.eff NULL.org/deeplinks/2010/04/handy-facebook-english-translator#connections).” This allows far more people than ever before to see this information, regardless of whether you want them to.

Since then, our email inbox has been flooded with confused questions and reports about these changes. We’ve learned lots more about everyone’s concerns and experiences. Drawing from this, here are six things you need to know about Connections:

  1. Facebook will not let you share any of this information without using Connections. You cannot opt-out of Connections. If you refuse to play ball, Facebook will remove (http://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/help/?faq=17121) all unlinked information from your profile.
  2. Facebook will not respect your old privacy settings in this transition. For example (http://voices NULL.washingtonpost NULL.com/fasterforward/2010/04/facebook_privacy_contd NULL.html), if you had previously sought to share your Interests with “Only Friends,” Facebook will now ignore this and share your Connections with “Everyone.”
  3. Facebook has removed your ability to restrict its use of this information. The new privacy controls only affect your information’s “Visibility,” (http://www NULL.eff NULL.org/deeplinks/2010/04/handy-facebook-english-translator#visibility) not whether it is “publicly available.”

    Explaining what “publicly available” means, Facebook writes (http://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/policy NULL.php):

    “Such information may, for example, be accessed by everyone on the Internet (including people not logged into Facebook), be indexed by third party search engines, and be imported, exported, distributed, and redistributed by us and others without privacy limitations.”

  4. Facebook will continue to store and use your Connections even after you delete them. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not there. Even after you “delete” profile information, Facebook will remember it (http://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/help/?faq=17121). We’ve also received reports that Facebook continues to use deleted profile information to help people find you through Facebook’s search engine.
  5. Facebook sometimes creates a Connection when you “Like” something. That “Like” button you see all over Facebook, and now all over the web? It too can sometimes add a Connection (http://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/help/?faq=17219) to your profile, without you even knowing it.
  6. Your posts may show up on a Connection page even if you do not opt in to the Connection. If you use the name of a Connection in a post on your wall, it may show up (http://facebookiswatchingyou NULL.blogspot NULL.com/2010/04/what-you-say-now-on-facebook-can-go-to NULL.html) on the Connection page, without you even knowing it. (For example, if you use the word “FBI” (http://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/pages/FBI/109596699068116?v=stream&ref=ts) in a post).