Facebook Home and Privacy

Om Malik is concerned about user privacy when people start using Facebook Home.

But there is a bigger worry. The phone’s GPS can send constant information back to the Facebook servers, telling it your whereabouts at any time.

One simple answer – don’t use the app, end of the story.

But isn’t services like Facebook, Twitter gathering a lot of information on us using other means as well such as phone apps, their web services etc.? These services would have enough information on where I go, the most places from where I update my status, take photos, tag people etc.

We may be giving away our privacy (oh how the meaning of privacy has changed over the decades) but we are gaining benefits from that as well. The information that I get from web services such as Google, Facebook, Twitter is more contextual and more relevant.

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