Time takes a look at Facebook’s new “Deals” program and considers whether the social-networking site’s changes negatively affect individual privacy:
Earlier this week, the social networking giant went after the likes of Groupon with the launch of Deals, a feature that lets participating vendors send promos directly to your phone (provided you’ve “checked-in” using Places, of course). […]
As Facebook encroaches beyond your life as a social butterfly and into your life as a consumer, a lot more is at stake. Personal information you inadvertently broadcast about when, how and where you spend your money is now up for grabs. While most everyone can appreciate a good discount, this shrewd feature may also result in more impulsive purchases, particularly after a breakup (which Facebook already knows about) or if you use your credit card willy-nilly.
The problem at the end of the day is that Facebook is still not secure. Whereas your bank offers secure browsing, Facebook doesn’t even warn its users that there’s a privacy issue in the first place. As Forbes‘ Kashmir Hill reports, all you may need to hack Facebook is Firefox, a plug-in called Firesheep and public WiFi. She notes how one blogger purportedly looked at what a fellow Wi-Fi user at a New York Starbucks bought on Amazon and sent him a message about it from his own Facebook account. […]
As for us in NewsFeed, we advise that you remember that, when it comes to your privacy, Facebook isn’t your friend. (via Forbes)