Facebook has a new privacy invading “feature” called instant personalization. What this basically means is that it is going to share info with applications as it adds them unless you opt out. So far, there are only three.
If you aren’t bothered by your friends, or an app that you did not authorize sharing your info such as hometown, address, phone number, education and work history, etc., stop reading here.
If you are bothered, click here and follow the EFF directions how to opt out. It’s very easy. If you want help, just ask.
Please note that when I tried to send this message to a handful of friends via the messenger within FB, I got an error that stated “Facebook users consider this abusive.”
Take that for what you will – all I was doing was sending a public service announcement re: privacy on FB and it is considered “abusive.” I think this is very telling as to how FB feels about one user sharing news with its other 400 million users how to opt out of unauthorized applications and persons sharing personal, confidential information.
FastCompany has a superb addendum to opting out of Facebook’s new instant personalization nonsense.