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    Information Age: Facebook is “deliberately killing privacy”, says Schneier

    Information Age reports on a speech by security technologist Bruce Schneier that discusses privacy and social-networking services such as Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and Google Buzz:

    Speaking at the RSA Europe security conference in London on Tuesday, the BT Counterpane CTO cited Facebook as the most heinous example of social networks cashing in on users’ openness toward sharing personal details.

    “Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re Facebook’s customer, you’re not – you’re the product,” Schneier said. “Its customers are the advertisers.”

    Schneier said that governments must introduce “broader” information security and privacy laws that limit how data shared online can be used in a commercial context.

    Presently, he explained, the pace of technlogical change means some legislation dates quickly. “Generally, laws are written about specific technologies,” Schneier said. “When those laws were written, people weren’t thinking ‘how is this going to be different in ten years?'” […]

    In January of this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg controversially remarked that the notion of privacy is changing. “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people,” he said. “That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.”

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