Facebook sued for privacy concerns….but why??

News.com.au is reporting that Facebook is being sued by users because of new claims about the level of privacy and the options users have over their accounts. Where there are also concerns from people about the level of control they have over uploaded data. Another key issue raised in the lawsuit is how they verify the age of members joining up. As it has been claimed that a user aged 11 signed up to the service and and posted material that was inappropriate for other to see.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has been faced with issues relating to privacy where earlier this year, Facebook came under fire for changing their Terms of Service removing the following from their terms of service (ToS).

“You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.”

What this highlights is that people are still unaware of the consequences of uploading any form of data on the internet. I would assume that many people wouldn’t consider reading the ToS and be oblivious to these issues. After reading the news.com.au article i don’t agree with the title “Facebook sued for being too popular” as the number of people who use Facebook is irregardless to how privacy should be managed.

Facebook has continuously looked at improving their privacy policy and the options given to uses to lock their account to just friends and family. I feel that the people who put the lawsuit to Facebook obviously don’t understand the concept of social media and what is involved using this service. Where they seem a lack of understanding and possible implications associated with not knowing the platform properly. Instead of the responsibility of privacy purely placed on Facebook, it should also be placed on users and access the impact of what they are uploading and posting!


1 comment so far

  1. Jason Van Dyk on

    The title “Facebook sued for being too popular” was a tagline. To attract readers to the article.

    The information it related to was when a women signed up in the early days when it was a closed services where you had to be at the college/university to use the service. The woman in question is accusing facebook of betraying her/ what they were meant to do as it is now used openly, (over 250 million users).

    So you see the tag line is just that, and the issue is that Facebook is open and popular when it was originally small and closed.

    I don’t really feel that the users have enough power, or rights when it comes to privacy. If I delete an account on a site, I expect that account to be deleted and all content removed.

    How do you propse sites in general verify the age of users? I doubt too that an 11 year old kid understands social media and what can get involved so the complaint there is facebook should of prevented the account from being created and used.

    In regards to privacy issues being placed on users and not facebook: I can’t delete a photo you upload of someone (or myself) I think. I believe I can remove the tag, if you have tagged me, but can I take down that photo? If I uploaded a photo and delete it can I remove that photo of their “archives” so it can’t be accessed again?

    Anyway just some of my thoughts.

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