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Daily Q&A: How user-friendly are the recent Facebook changes?

How user-friendly are the new Facebook changes?

An analysis of the changes by Consumer Reports continues to show less than consumer friendly procedures.

For example, here's CR's take on application access:

Facebook's new privacy policy for App access: Apps, including the controversial new Instant Personalization, can be turned off completely with one control. Facebook users with no interest in apps, and particularly those who don't want apps to be able to access their info just because a friend is using it, will probably appreciate this change.

Consumer Reports' take: Letting users opt-in instead of making them opt-out—even with just one control—would be a better change.

It seems more may still need to be done.

For more information about Consumer Reports' view of the privacy changes, visit:

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/electronics/2010/05/facebook-privacy-controls-analysis-app-access-content-settings-personal-information-mark-zuckerberg-criticism.html

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Daily Q&A: How user-friendly are the recent Facebook changes? 05/27/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 4:00pm]
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