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Privacy on Facebook: your data are safe

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said subscribers still own their information following complaints that a change in the site’s service policies will hurt users’ privacy. “Our philosophy is that people own their information and control who they share it with,” Zuckerberg said yesterday in a posting on Facebook’s blog. “We wouldn’t share your information in a way you wouldn’t want.” Criticism circulated on the Internet over the weekend that the most popular social-networking Web site increased its control over members’ information, even after subscribers close their accounts. The controversy highlights the challenges facing Palo Alto, California-based Facebook in communicating how it handles users’ data as people increasingly share information about themselves online.

The Consumerist blog warned users to avoid uploading information “you don’t feel comfortable giving away forever.” In response, Zuckerberg said Facebook needs to keep certain information for services such as the site’s messaging feature. Zuckerberg said Facebook needs users to grant the site permission before revealing personal information to others. When users send notes to their friends, a copy of the message will still be in the recipient’s inbox, even if the sender deactivates their account, Zuckerberg said. “We are not claiming and have never claimed ownership of material that users upload,” Facebook said in a separate statement. The company said it also respects users’ requests when they ask for information to only be shared with specific people.

Source: Bloomberg


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  1. Duck
    February 17th, 2009 | 08:40

    Your data ARE safe?

    Who writes this stuff. If the author can't be bothered to spell then I can't be bothered to read it.

  2. DD
    February 17th, 2009 | 08:52
  3. QuestionFacebook
    February 17th, 2009 | 08:55

    Facebook's Privacy Policy has been carefully crafted to allay suspicion, but its Terms Of Use speaks for itself:
    Last Revised Feb 4th, 2009

    We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change or delete portions of these Terms at any time without further notice. Your continued use of the Facebook Service after any such changes constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms.

    Your User Data must be accurate and current at all times.

    You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings … and to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising…

    The following sections will survive any termination of your use of the Facebook Service: User Content…

    So basically you are granting FaceBook the right to use any content you post there, for any reason whatsoever, anywhere in the world… forever. And even if you delete your profile, they can still keep all your user information and use it any way they damn well please.

    Just know what you're getting into, that's all I'm saying.

  4. SmokingMan
    February 17th, 2009 | 09:04

    Well, if you give your data straight to the CIA, who else do you have to be worried about giving it to?



  5. Superior
    February 17th, 2009 | 09:08


    "Data" is actually plural.

    A single piece of data is called a "datum".


  6. Goober
    February 17th, 2009 | 09:48

    Your data 'are' safe?!?!??! Is this guy dyslexic?

    Who the hell is writing this stuff? Come on RLSlog that is REALLY poor. Clean up your act.

  7. a
    February 17th, 2009 | 09:58

    All your data are belong to us.

  8. God of the Internet
    February 17th, 2009 | 10:17

    Duck, "are safe" is, I am sure, a play on the 'all your base are belong to us' meme from a while back.

    Martin assumes knowledge of this (as he should) and made a quite clever shortcut, basically saying "all your (facebook-)data are belong to us".

    Don't dismiss something because you don't understand it.

  9. toodau
    February 17th, 2009 | 10:37

    Singular noun – Plural verb
    Plural noun – Singular verb

  10. simpsons
    February 17th, 2009 | 10:42

    "Privacy on Facebook: your data are safe"

    Welcome to RLSLOG, where nothing can possiblye go wrong. Uhhh, possibLY go wrong. Thats the, first thing thats ever gone wrong.

  11. phishybongwaters
    February 17th, 2009 | 11:15

    Facebook reserves the right to retain and sell your personal data and any datamining they've done based on you. Now they are saying, along with that, they can and will retain your data, even if you close your account.

    And him saying, but it's only being used for good, is supposed to make that any better? Did they give users an option to close their account now and have their data wiped? NO.

    Should you care?

    NO, only an idiot posts stuff on sites like facebook that they don't want to get out into the wild, simple as that jackasses, there's no expectation of privacy anymore, too bad I'm old enough to remember the days of personal information and privacy, I'm a relic.

    But mountain out of a molehill anyone? Get over it really.

  12. erok713
    February 17th, 2009 | 11:32

    Soon the US Government will own sites like Facebook anyway. They will have all your data. It's coming, you have been warned.

  13. me
    February 17th, 2009 | 11:53

    C'mon, jeez, it's "data is safe", as in "information is safe."

    @5 if you're going to link to http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/data, then make sure you pick the right definition…

    (uncountable, collectively) information.

    uncountable, uncountable noun, or mass noun — A noun that cannot be used freely with numbers or the indefinite article, and which therefore takes no plural form. For example, the English noun information is a mass noun, at least in its principal senses. For those senses, we cannot say that we have *one information, nor that we have *many information (or *many informations). Many languages do not distinguish between countable and uncountable nouns. Antonym: countable, or count noun.

  14. CATS
    February 17th, 2009 | 11:58


  15. Vizulize
    February 17th, 2009 | 12:41

    # When considered a plural noun, proper grammar dictates the use of a countable determiner; "How many data were collected?"

    # When considered an uncountable or mass noun, an uncountable determiner is used; "How much data was collected?"

    It should be "data is safe", but it's a very educated guess on the part of RLSLOG staff so the jackasses should probably shut up.

    That is all.

  16. david
    February 17th, 2009 | 13:28
  17. Dai Tryon
    February 17th, 2009 | 13:52

    From the American Heritage Dictionary:
    [Latin, pl. of datum; see datum.]
    Usage Note: The word data is the plural of Latin datum, "something given," but it is not always treated as a plural noun in English. The plural usage is still common, as this headline from the New York Times attests: "Data Are Elusive on the Homeless." Sometimes scientists think of data as plural, as in These data do not support the conclusions. But more often scientists and researchers think of data as a singular mass entity like information, and most people now follow this in general usage. Sixty percent of the Usage Panel accepts the use of data with a singular verb and pronoun in the sentence Once the data is in, we can begin to analyze it. A still larger number, 77 percent, accepts the sentence We have very little data on the efficacy of such programs, where the quantifier very little, which is not used with similar plural nouns such as facts and results, implies that data here is indeed singular.

  18. Alexander
    February 17th, 2009 | 15:41

    Facebook, been there, saw it, and it is utter stupidity.

    1. We can find our long lost friends.
    – Why the heck do you want to find long lost friends?
    If you lost them and didn't bothered to find them, why
    now? – Future and destiny was the path why you lost
    contact with them
    2. We can talk to distant(another country) relatives
    – Sure, use Skype, MSN………

    3. You can find new friends.
    – And also bunch of psychos, idiots, fakers….
    And go outside and make friends with an eye to eye

    4. Privacy and data.
    – That is bullsh*t. I told that I went there, but I
    couldn't delete my account because there is no option
    and Facebook admins do not give a sh*t about mail
    that I've sent for deleting my account.

    Screw you Facebook for making people sit all day long in front of PC/Consoles instead of outdoor socializing.

  19. grams
    February 17th, 2009 | 16:29

    Thank you for writing "data are" vs "data is"!

  20. bleble
    February 17th, 2009 | 17:03
  21. smaugthewyrm
    February 17th, 2009 | 17:25

    this video sums up the facebook world relationship
    pretty well.

    watch this:

  22. Duck
    February 17th, 2009 | 17:40