Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What Do Facebook Quizzes Know about You? ACLU Cautions.

Are you on Facebook? Are any of your friends or family part of one of the largest online communities in the world? If so, you may have seen or heard about the quizzes that are so popular on the site. But do you know just how much of your information these quizzes can access?

Even if your Facebook profile is “private,” when you take a quiz, an unknown quiz developer could be getting access to almost everything in your profile: your religious views, sexual orientation, political affiliation, pictures, and groups. Facebook quizzes also have access to most of the information on your friends’ profiles. This means that if your friend takes a quiz, they could be giving away your personal information, too.

Don’t just take our word for it: take our quiz and see for yourself! (You’ll need to have a Facebook account to take this quiz at Facebook. If you don’t have one, be sure to review Facebook's privacy policy before signing up.) Learn how to change your own privacy settings and then take the next step and tell Facebook that you want stronger privacy protections.

And, yes, we know it’s a little weird to warn you about Facebook quizzes by asking you to take a Facebook quiz but at least you know who we are and that we are committed to living up to our privacy policy, unlike many quiz authors who haven’t posted a privacy policy at all!

Monday, September 7, 2009

End of the Season

It's the end of another growing season, and still my garden keeps giving.