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    Washington Post: Facebook privacy changes would share user data with other sites

    The Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro writes about social-networking site Facebook’s latest changes to its privacy policy:

    On Friday afternoon, Facebook announced a set of proposed changes to its privacy policy that could allow the popular social network to share more of its users’ data with other sites without first getting their approval.

    The move builds on the Palo Alto, Calif., company’s December revision of its privacy rules that made far more user information — including individual status updates — public by default. Under the new proposal, Facebook could then provide that data to “pre-approved third party websites and applications” unless a user opted out of that feature.

    The idea sounds a little like Beacon in reverse: Where that now-shuttered program had Facebook publishing details of users’ activities on other sites to their Facebook profiles, here Facebook would push some of their profile data out to other sites. […]

    Beacon ended badly, with Facebook paying $9.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit, and this venture might as well. It’s already drawn sharp criticism from ReadWriteWeb and All Facebook, among other sites. […]

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