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Facebook Photos Privacy Loophole

Posted in privacy, social networking by A on 23 October 08

Remember last spring when anyone who was up to two degrees away from Paris Hilton on Facebook could look through her photo albums? All it took was knowing someone who was tagged in a photo in any given album, and you had access to the entire album – not simply the one photo your friend was in. Well, it’s still an issue!

I thought the loophole was closed up, at least in the old Facebook. I could be wrong. Of course, the other explaination is that the same loophole was overlooked in the big redesign that upset so many people. (People who will most likely vote for Obama but can’t stand CHANGE. Weirdos.)

Anyway…danah boyd picked up on this issue recently and wrote a great post about the contextual aspects of privacy settings. Truth be told, Facebook has some of the most dynamic privacy controls online today…and almost nobody really understands how to use them.

Michael Zimmer picked up on this and distributed an excellent hand-out at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s OneWebDay event, helping students to better understand their Facebook privacy controls. (Here’s a PDF of the document). He also comments on danah boyd’s post here.

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  1. b unit said, on 21 November 08 at 1:24 PM

    this loop hole:

    Remember last spring when anyone who was up to two degrees away from Paris Hilton on Facebook could look through her photo albums?

    was not the same loophole as the one that you are talking about.

    the paris hilton loophole was when you could manipulate the URL in the address bar to pull up recently tagged pictures of Paris Hilton (or whoever else’s facebook ID you entered intot eh address bar).

    Completely different than the one u are talking about.


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