Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Facebook Privacy

The Facebook business model involves collecting personal information on its user, then selling this personal information to advertisers. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, believes people no longer are worried about sharing their personal information and sees nothing wrong with this business model. Recently Facebook has caught the attention of privacy groups, government officials and its own users for making revising its privacy policy so users need to opt out of having their personal information shared with third party advertisers, making most information public by default. Facebook's Privacy Policy is 5,830 words long; the United States Constitution, without any of its amendments, is 4,543 words in comparison. (Bilton 2010)

With a privacy policy longer than the United States constitution and changes happening to it all the time, there really is no way for Facebook users to have their personal information completely secure. The founders of Facebook believe by using their website, users give up their right to privacy. However many users don't like this and privacy groups are trying to force Facebook to make personal information more secure with legal action.

It may seem logical for users of Facebook concerned with their privacy to stop using Facebook, since Facebook doesn't believe there is anything wrong with them sharing the information of their users. However with so many people hooked on Facebook and reliant on it to keep in touch with people they normally wouldn't network with, its not very easy for many to give up their Facebook account no matter how much they dislike Facebook policies regarding privacy.


Bilton, N. (2010, May 13). Price of Facebook Privacy? Start Clicking. New York Times, p. B8(L). Retrieved from

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