Facebook confirms new privacy settings rollout

25 Mag/10

Following the announcement yesterday by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that his company had “missed the mark” on privacy, the social networking giant today confirmed that a new set of privacy settings would roll out to users beginning tomorrow, May 26th according to the BBC.

Facebook’s vice-president of product Chris Cox said the whole incident had been “extremely humbling”.

What the new privacy settings will be remains to be seen but Facebook and other websites have come under increasing pressure and criticism from organisations as wide ranging as privacy groups, the US Congress and the European Union.

This is an excellent example of how Internet companies are struggling to comply with international data-protection laws, and make sure that the rights and privacy of all their users are protected.

In recent weeks a barrage of criticism against the site has caused it terrible harm in the eyes of it’s users, many of who have upped sticks and left.  It began with users’ profile information being made visible to search engines and simply got worse form there.

At gHacks we’re extremely interested what Facebook will be rolling out and how, if at all, their ideas can be replicated across the web to make privacy simpler to control for the web’s billions of users.

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