Facebook Founder Says People Don't Even Want Privacy

Facebook Founder Says People Don't Even Want Privacy

Mark Zuckerberg thinks you don’t even really care about your privacy anymore because the “social norm” has changed. This makes it OK for his company to change the privacy settings of 350 million users. [More]

Woman Sues Blockbuster For Telling All Her Facebook Friends What She Was Renting

Woman Sues Blockbuster For Telling All Her Facebook Friends What She Was Renting

Facebook’s Beacon has finally resulted in a lawsuit. A Texas woman has sued Blockbuster for participating in Beacon, claiming that “Blockbuster violated the federal Videotape Privacy Protection Act by sharing information about her movie rentals and sales with Facebook without first obtaining her written consent,” says MediaPost.

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Buckling under a blistering poopy pile of criticism, Facebook will now let users turn off Beacon completely. [Facebook]

How To Block Facebook's Beacon

How To Block Facebook's Beacon

Don’t like Facebook secretly tracking your online purchases and telling your friends what you bought? Users of the Firefox we browser can use an easy add-on that jams the beacon’s signal. Just install the BlockSite add-on, and then add http://*facebook.com/beacon/* as one of the blocked sites. Make sure to keep those asterisks in. If that sounds a little complicated, this step-by-step walk-through at Wikihow shows you how it’s done. Alternatively, you could also add the same url to AdBlockPlus, another Firefox extension.

Facebook Tries To Keep Founder's Private Papers Off Internet, Fails

Facebook Tries To Keep Founder's Private Papers Off Internet, Fails

In a funny twist of fate, last week Facebook failed in its attempt to force a site to remove incriminating and/or embarrassing personal information about Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We think Facebook missed a real opportunity here—they should have distributed the documents personally and attached ads to them.

List Of Companies That Participate In Facebook's Beacon Spy Program

List Of Companies That Participate In Facebook's Beacon Spy Program

One of our readers yesterday left a couple of interesting links in the comments section of our Beacon post. They provide the names of the companies that Facebook says are participating in its poorly conceived spy program Beacon. Here they are:

Facebook's Beacon Even Sneakier Than Originally Thought

Facebook's Beacon Even Sneakier Than Originally Thought

Last week, Facebook made a lot of noise about how it was making its new Beacon spyware—we mean advertising initiative—less sneaky. But guess what? Over the weekend, Computer Associates reported that even after you’ve declined to have Beacon advertise your habits back to your friends, and even if you’ve logged out of Facebook, it will still surreptitiously report your actions back to Facebook’s servers. And there’s no way you can turn it off.