Posts Tagged ‘facebook privacy’

Facebook “Like” button and promotion guidelines

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Facebook: the universal platform for individuals and businesses. However there has been much speculation about how much of your information remains confidential and how much of it becomes freely available to the Facebook Headquarters and others.

Those using Facebook in the northeastern parts of Germany have been warned to avoid the “Like” button. All government sites within Scheswig- Holstein, (the northernmost of the 16 states of Germany) have been requested by the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection to dismiss every Facebook plug- in. If they do not comply with this request, they will possibly face a fine of about EU€50 000.

This request comes after a press release announced that by pressing the “Like” button or becoming a fan of a page on Facebook, Facebook users become victims of infringement laws. If a Facebook user takes this action their profile and all the information on it becomes available to the Facebook Headquarters in the United States. Germany’s online privacy laws do not under any circumstances support this.

German government websites have removed the “Like” button however other suggestions have been made, such as avoiding Facebook completely. In the mean time, German online authorities are working with Facebook to develop a common understanding and set of privacy issues.

Hosting Facebook competitions and promotions; what are you legally required to do?

Facebook has become one of the most common and popular platforms for companies of all sizes to advertise and host competitions on. Recently released, Facebook has notified these parties of promotional rules. (Promotion Guidelines)

These clearly state than anyone wishing to promote on Facebook is fully responsible for every part of that promotion. All promotions on Facebook MUST include all of the below:

  • Complete release of Facebook (every participant)
  • Clearly state that Facebook in NO way sponsored, administered, is associated with or endorsed the promotion
  • Disclose that participant is supplying information (not to Facebook)

Furthermore any promotion has to be administered within Apps on Facebook, (Canvas page or an app.) With regards to voting or entering a competition, companies cannot ask participants to “Like” a page and may under no circumstance, communicate to winners or participants by sending Facebook messages, posting a comment or using Chat.

For further terms and conditions regarding hosting a competition on Facebook read the Promotion Guidelines.

Facebook hackers- they are closer than you may think

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

It’s interesting that when you search “facebook hackers” on the internet, a variety of “how to hack facebook” results are shown. Worrying? Perhaps, but the reality is that this information is probably easier to get your hands on that you initially thought.

Why would hackers want to log into a Facebook account you ask? There are probably many reasons for this. Bored internet users who get a kick out of playing around in other people’s lives or perhaps people are hungry for important information that could help them get their grubby hands on money.

Facebook hackers have become interested in independent applications. It seems that application developers have been putting private user information at risk of exposure. This is due to the fact that they have not applied any security settings to their applications. Application creators or hackers are able to have access to the personal data of anyone who has installed that application. There is information available on Facebook that notifies users who install applications that developers will have access to their personal data. It does not however notify that the developers (potentially the hackers) also have access to that person’s “friends” personal data. As a result of this, Facebook hackers are able to change private information that the user may have on their Facebook profile.

As frustrating as this may be to Facebook users, Facebook as a company has its legal bases covered. The Terms of Service clearly state that Facebook is in no way what so ever responsible for anything that developers may do with personal data.

There are various ways in which Facebook users can make it difficult (but not impossible) for hackers to get hold of data.

▪ Change passwords weekly or monthly.

▪ Use a strong password.

▪ Use an up- to- date browser. (IE6 is not an up-to-date browser)

▪ Use and run antivirus.

▪ Don’t run any javascript in the browser.

▪ Do not click on suspicious links.

▪ Do not provide sensitive information on your profile.

▪ Do not install any third party applications.