Facebook Data Use Policy email sparks security fear amongst some users

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Has Facebook sent you an email about its data use policy?

Don’t feel too special – they sent it to an awful lot of people.

Here’s what you probably received, in an email entitled “Updates to Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”:

In case you’re still unsure – that is genuinely an email from Facebook.

Yes, Facebook has just given its one billion (and counting..) users seven days to comment on a change it is making to its data use policies.

That’s correct. You’ve only got until November 28th if you wish to respond. I’m sure that the fact Facebook has chosen to do this across a major US holiday is purely an unfortunate coincidence rather than a deliberate timing decision.

One of the company’s planned changes is to…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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