Techlicious: Your Facebook & Google Privacy is Changing

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Your Facebook Profile Page is Changing

By Christina DesMarais for Techlicious

Your Facebook profile—and the amount of information available to others about you—is about to change considerably. Last year, Facebook introduced Timeline, a new kind of profile page that visually aggregates everything you’ve ever shared, liked or done on the social network and sites linked to it. Until now, using Timeline was optional. But, within the next few weeks, Facebook is making everyone switch over.

Once you are switched on, you have seven days to make changes to your Timeline before others can see it, giving you some time to hide posts from long ago that you may have forgotten about.

While Facebook users never like change, Timeline is arguably much more visually interesting than the old profile. That said, the new feature also raises some serious privacy concerns which I address in a bit.

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Google Privacy Policy Changing – for Better & Worse

By Christina DesMarais for Techlicious

Starting March 1st, Google will be consolidating more than 60 privacy policies into one and make your data available across Google products. The company says it is changing to make its services more intuitive and improve search. For example, by tracking what you write about in Gmail, post on Google+ or watch on YouTube, Google will be better able to guess whether you’re looking for a hotel in France or a certain famous blond heiress if you search for “Paris Hilton.”

By unifying all your data, Google products will also be able to complement each other. That means if Google knows the location of your Android phone and sees on your Google Calendar that you’re going to be late for an appointment, not only can it alert you but it can also provide you with driving directions on how to get there through Maps.

There’s been quite a bit of uproar about these changes. For one thing, you can’t opt out.

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This post is excerpted with permission from Techlicious.

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4 thoughts on “Techlicious: Your Facebook & Google Privacy is Changing

  1. David is right, these are sad times and this is just the beginning of the end. If you think otherwise, then you are not paying attention to everything around you. The elite and politicians have taken over.

  2. Is it just me, or do others also feel that we’re quickly reverting to the days of J. Edgar Hoover – where not only does big brother not protect our privacy, but he’s doing everything possible to collect personal information about us? So much for our constitutional rights. Sad times indeed.

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