Facebook Privacy Settings

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by Sage

I keep close tabs on public sentiment around all things Facebook and particularly privacy.

As you probably heard Facebook had a bit of a false start about 9-months ago when they released their Terms of Service (TOS) to an uproar of criticism and outrage. Facebook quickly retreated and decided to solicit and consider some user feedback before revising the TOS again.

The latest privacy policies and settings included some positive revisions thanks to Canada’s Privacy Commission and a must read report from the Commissioner. They also came out with an open letter from Mark Zuckerberg.

Even with these new policies in place there are a number of items that are cause for concern, especially for the average user who wouldn’t know to be concerned, or if they did, wouldn’t know where to go to manage those settings. For example, you can see from the screen shot below that the majority of the default settings open your personal information up to “everyone” meaning you have to modify the settings to “old settings” yourself.

How to Manage Your Privacy Settings

Your personal information on Facebook is now searchable not only within Facebook but can also be indexed and made publicly available by search engines like Google and Bing. You can however, modify or prevent this within your settings. Here’s how:

  1. Go to “Settings”. At the top of the page you will see this notice.  “Worried about privacy? Your information is safe. There have been misleading rumors recently about Facebook indexing all your information on Google. This is not true. Facebook created public search listings in 2007 to enable people to search for your name and see a link to your Facebook profile.”
  2. Go down to Privacy and click on “Manage”.
  3. Click on “Search”.
  4. Uncheck “Allow Indexing”.

Your done. There’s also a button on this page labeled “Preview my Profile…” that will enable you to see what others see when they view your profile.

If you have any concerns or would like to know more feel free to drop me a comment below. Or better yes, register for  our Facebook Marketing Work Shop that includes a segment on managing all your settings from Linked Accounts to Notifications and Privacy.