Facebook Privacy Options Chart Would Make a Great Halloween Corn Maze
Consider this graphic from the New York Times, which shows the proliferation of options available in those tools (click chart to link to larger version on original site).
Addles the brain, doesn’t it?
As the Times notes, to opt out of full disclosure of most of their personal information, Facebook users must click through more than 50 privacy buttons, which then require making decisions about more than 170 options.
Facebook describes its privacy tools as “comprehensive and precise,” but that’s poor justification for something so ridiculously convoluted from a company that positions itself as a caretaker of identity.
Little wonder that Facebook is facing a barrage of criticism. As European Union’s Article 29 Working Party said in a scathing letter today, Facebook’s privacy practices are “unacceptable.”