3 Questions About Facebook Privacy

According to a recent Consumer Reports survey, the magazine estimates that as many as 13 million don’t use or have little idea about the privacy controls offered by the social media giant Facebook [mind you they only surveyed 2,000 people, so it’s an estimate at best]. With Facebook changing its privacy setting more often than a girl changes her makeup, it’s no wonder that users are confused about what’s kept private and what Facebook can use and/or share. If you think you don’t know whether privacy on Facebook is a worry for you or not, ask yourselves these three questions:

Do You Post Fake Information?

If you do, then it shows that you’re probably worried about someone searching you or that you value your privacy really well. In the Consumer Reports survey, a quarter of Facebook users post fake information such as city of residence, name, or other stuff in order to protect their privacy. Two years ago, only 10 percent faked their info.

Are You An Open Book?

About 28 percent of respondents in the Consumer Reports said that they have their Facebook profiles open for everyone to see. When they share information for everyone—for example, checking-in at the baseball game or the bar—Consumer Reports stated in its article that it could be a “potential tip-off for burglars” or could be used by companies to gauge your information to tailor annoying advertisements based on likes, check-ins and posts.

Are You Like-Happy?

Chances are those “likes” for health tip sites may bite you later, with Consumer Reports arguing that they may be “details that an insurer might use against you.” By the way, “liking” a page on Facebook is not protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution, according to a ruling by a U.S. Federal judge in Virginia, who said that a “like” is not protected speech and anything you like publicly can be used against you by anyone, including and especially your boss. So if you “like” cats on Facebook and your boss “likes” dogs, maybe it’s time to hide that in your timeline.

[Source: Consumer Reports]