Social networking websites: how is your data being shared?

Eff218 Over at the BoingBoing blog, Xeni Jardin has covered the Eletronic Frontier Foundation efforts to uncover the commercial data-selling policies of the world's largest social networking websites.

The US-based EFF has received copies of guidelines used by Facebook, MySpace, AOL, eBay, Ning, Tagged, Craigslist and others governing the circumstances in which they will either share or sell information about their users to third parties.The guidelines, which are published on the EFF's website, "compares how the companies handle requests for user information such as contact information, photos, IP logs, friend networks, buying history, and private messages".

Click here to view the full article – and to learn details of the responses of individual websites.

Hat-tip: AW

Posted by on Jan 21, 2011 in Online privacy | 3 Comments


  1. J
    21st January 2011

    This is the very reason i do not use facebook. Any information online should be the bare minimum. I only use twitter, never use full name and no picture.

  2. Niki
    21st January 2011

    Video down loaded..I also, no facebook and twitter with out image,,fake name.

  3. Slacker
    24th January 2011

    Is it really worth devoting so much time to social networking sites’ privacy issues? It’s not compulsory to use them, and the idiots that do so hand over their personal data of their own free will.
    If they can’t be bothered to look after their information why should anyone else?