Facebook privacy unrest rumbles on

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Hot on the heels of a Sophos poll revealing that 95% of you disapprove of Facebook’s proposed changes to its privacy policy, there appear to be signs of growing public grumpiness about Facebook’s plans.

German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner has written an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, expressing her concern that the site is showing a lax attitude to data protection.

Facebook continues to try and defend itself by saying that it will give users the ability to “opt-out” of sharing their personal data with third-party sites, but that isn’t cutting much mustard with Ilse Aigner (or me for that matter).

As you’ll see in Ilse Aigner’s letter which I’ve included below, she actually threatens to quit the social networking site unless Facebook sees the light.

Facebook should be asking users to make the conscious choice to share their personal information with…

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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.