Facebook Places privacy outcry

Facebook is facing fresh privacy concerns after announcing a service that will allow users to share their location with friends on the social networking site.

Places, which will initially launch in the US, has been criticised by online privacy campaigns, and has reignited the debate concerning how much information should be shared online.

A spokesperson from Privacy Rights Clearinghouse in the US offered salient advice to those concerned with Facebook’s thirst for personal information: “Don’t post anything online you wouldn’t want to get out publicly to anyone.”

(Source: The Guardian)

This article appears in issue 249 of Media Digest.

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