Facebook’s Privacy Policy Now Longer Than U.S. Constitution

image2The New York Times decided to write about Facebook’s increasingly-labyrinthine privacy policy and noticed that it is actually longer than the U.S. Constitution:

In recent months, Facebook has revised its privacy policy to require users to opt out if they wish to keep information private, making most of that information public by default. Some personal data is now being shared with third-party Web sites.

As a result, the company has come under a blitz from privacy groups, government officials and its own users, who complain that the new policy is bewildering and the new opt-out settings too time-consuming to figure out and use.

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31 Responses to Facebook’s Privacy Policy Now Longer Than U.S. Constitution

  1. drewt333 May 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    It also gets more respect from members of Congress than the Constitution.

  2. papawac May 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    As a non- f-booker, question, did they let you opt out in the first version? question, if privacy is important to you, define toooooo hard to follow or tooooooo time consuming. Is it like the stoplight that pisses most people off by taking an actual maximum of two minutes to give you a green light? Please don't give the politicians another close to home issue to distract us fronm the fact they aren't doing a good job running this nations business,

  3. bulletproofheart May 19, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    I thought I already relinquished any sense of privacy when I created a public profile of myself to post on the internet. If those feds got nothing better to do than waste public money watching me smoke pot and play with my dick all day, then I can't do anything about it…except turn and face my window right before I nut.

    anyway..
    the NEW PRIVACY setting called “Instant Personalization” that shares data with non-Facebook
    websites and it is automatically set to “Allow.”
    Go to “Account” >
    Privacy Settings >
    Applications and Websites>
    InstantPersonalization > Edit Settings, and uncheck “Allow”.

    BTW if your…friends don't do this, they will be sharing information about you

  4. ET May 20, 2010 at 12:49 am #

    Well, at least it's not as bad as Willy Wonka's…

  5. RomanticPf May 20, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    Well, time for me to DELETE my account there… not 'deactivate'. I've changed over to http://www.folkdirect.com which so far is going well and lots more open privacy controls there. As word spreads the community will get bigger and bigger. All good. Worth a try.

  6. A.C. May 20, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    The Constitution is not particularly long.

  7. CC May 21, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    >Facebook’s Privacy Policy Now Longer Than U.S. Constitution

    So what? The comparison is entirely specious and meaningless. Like a rock that protects me from tiger attacks, a la Lisa Simpson.

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