Facebook Users by the Millions Ignore Privacy Controls: Consumer Reports
By: Brian Prince, eWeek
Millions of Facebook users may be getting too open with their personal
information on the Web's biggest social network.
According to Consumer Reports, an estimated 13 million Facebook users in the
United States either do not use or are not aware of the site's privacy
controls. In addition, 28 percent of the people the magazine polled said they
share either all or almost all of their Facebook posts with people beyond their
"friends." In addition, only 37 percent of users say they have used
the site’s privacy tools to limit how much information apps are allowed to see.
"Facebook really is
changing the way the world socially communicates and has become a
successful service in part by leveraging copious amounts of personal data that
can be spread far wider than its users might realize," said Jeff Fox,
Consumer Reports Technology Editor, in a statement.