Feb 18, 2009 03:35 PM | 2
A message sent to Facebook members when they logged in on Wednesday crystallizes the nagging privacy issue that the site must address: Although Facebook says it will not share member information "with anyone" once a member deactivates his or her account, the message also states, "If you've already sent a friend a message, they'll still have that message." Zuckerberg in his February 16 blog (read it here) chalked the issue up to a lack of technology. "There is no system today that enables me to share my email address with you and then simultaneously lets me control who you share it with and also lets you control what services you share it with," he wrote.
Although Facebook is a closed site that allows members to control who sees their information, once that information is shared, it can take on a life of its own beyond the member's control (a situation not unlike the Web as a whole). As info security specialist Herbert Thompson pointed out in his Scientific American.com column "How I Stole Someone's Identity" last year. "It's also critical to remember that once you put data online, it's almost impossible to delete it later. The more you blog about yourself, the more details you put in your social networking profiles, the more information about you is being archived, copied, backed up and analyzed almost immediately. Think first, post later."
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