Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Facebook Returns to Previous Terms of Service Following User Outcry

There's been lots of blog chatter about a change in Terms of Service that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently announced. Considering how many genealogists are now connecting with each other on Facebook it's not surprising that Kimberly Powell and Dick Eastman have recently posted on the issue.

Facebook users weren't real excited about blindly turning over their rights to the data in their accounts and the folks at Facebook have heard the outcry.

Last night the founder of Facebook announced on his blog that the social network will return to its previous terms of service regarding user data.

In a blog post Mark Zuckerberg said the move was temporary "while we resolve the issues that people have raised".

Users had complained after new terms of service suggested that Facebook would retain personal data even if someone deleted their account in order to preserve data that the user may have posted on other people's Facebook pages.

Expect to see more gyrations on this issue.

The bottom line: Only post online, whether on Facebook or anywhere on the Internet, that which you are willing to have exist forever.

Watch a video with Copyright lawyer Magnus Boyd discussing the ramifications of posting private information online.

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