Weekly Roundup – April 19, 2010

Facebook remains in the hot seat over privacy and children’s online safety issues and most of the ire is well deserved. British child protection advocates have been pressing Facebook to install a “panic button” for quite some time. This week Facebook released a new and retooled safety center, but they refuse to go the extra mile and install a panic button. Here are a couple of good articles about the new and improved Safety Center:

Facebook retools its safety info center

Facebook unveils revamped online safety site

Check out their new center and let us know what you think.

On the privacy front, Stanford University launched WhatApp.org this week. This website rates web and mobile apps (and their platforms) in the following three categories: privacy, security and openness. Sadly, Facebook received a score of 2 (out of a possible 5) in all three categories. Read More

Another prominent article this week was in reference to the sweeping privacy changes Facebook recently unveiled. Zuckerberg has received a lot of flack for his infamous quote of “privacy is no longer a social norm.” Apparently, 97% of Facebook users beg to differ – according to a survey released by IT security company, Sophos. The survey was conducted in response to a number of proposed privacy changes released by Facebook in March of this year. Read More

A far reaching assumption by the older generation has been that the younger generation isn’t as concerned about online privacy. A new study from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania provides quantitative studies to the contrary. The article contains a lot of interesting and surprising statistics of today’s “wired” generation attitude about privacy, Read More

These stories and more can always be found in our In the News section.

Until next week, Be Safe, Be Smart and Don’t get Crooked by the Book!

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