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BY SUZANNA DALUL

 

After so many complaints about privacy, can Facebook do anything to please users? More data is its answer. Users will now be able to download a copy of almost all the information they have uploaded on the social network. The Huffington Post explains what that includes:

“With this latest update, a user will now be able to access ... previous names one has used on the social network, friend requests one has made and Internet protocol addresses from which one has logged on to the site.” 

Till now - Facebook has given access to all more data - but the company would mail CDs.  Now with the click of a button - you will be able to download everything you’ve done on the site - ever.
TheNextWeb explains the website, however, will release only the information you’ve posted to your own ‘wall’ or as its called now - the timeline.

“The company is quick to point out that it will not download friends’ photos or status updates … Users will also not be able to backup comments they have made on other people’s posts.”

However, these steps have been taken to please not only users, but also European lawmakers, as the New York Times suggests...

“Facebook, which is preparing for an initial public stock offering, most likely in May, has been trying to accommodate government officials in Europe, where privacy laws are more stringent than in the United States.”

There’s also an organization on the old continent closely following Facebook’s privacy changes. It’s called Facebook-v-Europe. It claims its not ‘fooled’ by this recent archive update. PCMag has its statement:

"Instead of handing out a one-on-one copy of all 84 data categories Facebook is holding about every user, we will only get to see a fraction of this information. Many data categories are going to be not in the download tool but spread all over the webpage. This means that users have to hunt for it by digging through the 'timeline', the 'activity log' and other sorts of pages."

The archive changes will not be instant either, reports Slashgear:

“To actually access this info, you’ll have to wait until the update has been pushed to you. That should take place inside the next few weeks – or it could be there for you today if you’re lucky.”

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Apr 13, 2012

Facebook Privacy Update Gives Users Access to More Data

(Image source: Digimantra)

 

BY SUZANNA DALUL

 

After so many complaints about privacy, can Facebook do anything to please users? More data is its answer. Users will now be able to download a copy of almost all the information they have uploaded on the social network. The Huffington Post explains what that includes:

“With this latest update, a user will now be able to access ... previous names one has used on the social network, friend requests one has made and Internet protocol addresses from which one has logged on to the site.” 

Till now - Facebook has given access to all more data - but the company would mail CDs.  Now with the click of a button - you will be able to download everything you’ve done on the site - ever.
TheNextWeb explains the website, however, will release only the information you’ve posted to your own ‘wall’ or as its called now - the timeline.

“The company is quick to point out that it will not download friends’ photos or status updates … Users will also not be able to backup comments they have made on other people’s posts.”

However, these steps have been taken to please not only users, but also European lawmakers, as the New York Times suggests...

“Facebook, which is preparing for an initial public stock offering, most likely in May, has been trying to accommodate government officials in Europe, where privacy laws are more stringent than in the United States.”

There’s also an organization on the old continent closely following Facebook’s privacy changes. It’s called Facebook-v-Europe. It claims its not ‘fooled’ by this recent archive update. PCMag has its statement:

"Instead of handing out a one-on-one copy of all 84 data categories Facebook is holding about every user, we will only get to see a fraction of this information. Many data categories are going to be not in the download tool but spread all over the webpage. This means that users have to hunt for it by digging through the 'timeline', the 'activity log' and other sorts of pages."

The archive changes will not be instant either, reports Slashgear:

“To actually access this info, you’ll have to wait until the update has been pushed to you. That should take place inside the next few weeks – or it could be there for you today if you’re lucky.”

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