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In case you haven't heard, Facebook has made a move which will allow external web sites access your data 24/7 and use it as they see fit. Of course you have to authorize this through a button on the web site, but many people will do so without understanding the implications, which are significant to say the least. I blogged about it yesterday and today and created a presentation to accompany each blog along with a downloadable version of each presentation. The first presentation shows how to check your privacy settings in light of the new policy. The second is a follow up with additional privacy setting changes that were prompted by an incident today. http://tlrr.blogspot.com In a nutshell, it means that your friends may be finding out information about you and your web habits without you even realizing it. Even friends of your friends may now be given information about you that they would never normally see through Facebook. Here's an example I detail in the second presentation. When I listen to Pandora.com, it plays music based on my likes and dislikes and remembers them all. Now let's say I like a particular song and click on the Facebook button on Pandora to share it with my friends and then agree to let the app do it's thing. The message goes through and my friends can now hear the great song. I "THINK" that all I did was share one song with my friends, Pandora is aptly named, because what I have done is open Pandora's box. Let's see how this now plays out to possibly cause me trouble. Many of my professional colleagues are members of Pandora. They never have and never will click on the Facebook button, but that doesn't matter. Tomorrow my boss might be listening to music at Pandora. As it offers him new songs he clicks on like or dislike in order to train Pandora to the type of music he wants to hear. Along comes a song with some pretty raunchy comedy lyrics. My boss being a little straight laced, the song offends him and he immediately clicks dislike. But wait! Something catches his eye. Down under the like and dislike button there is a biography of the artist and along side that is my smiling face (from my Facebook Profile) and a note that Art Wolinsky likes this song. That's information that I would never share on Facebook, but Pandora posted it because it knows my likes and dislikes, it knows who all my friends are on Facebook, and it has my permission to tell all my friends, all because I thought I was simply telling my friends about one little song I heard. Are you beginning to see a problem here? Art Art Wolinsky OEO 3DWriting.com Technology Director - Online Internet Institute Educational Technology Director - WiredSafety.org firstname.lastname@example.org (609) 618-4433 I am perfectly capable of learning from my mistakes. I will surely learn a great deal today. --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH