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The back-and-forth on Facebook's privacy travails

Whether the terse discussions in the public arena over Facebook’s privacy “changes” demonstrate that the world’s largest social network is playing fast and loose with the truth about its internal controls on user privacy, or whether it is just an example of poor corporate communication of policies to end users is still a matter of debate. See Glitch Brings New Worries About Facebook’s Privacy - NYTimes.com.

Last week, the author of the Times’ technology blog Bits invited readers to submit questions for Facebook's vice president for public policy, Elliot Schrage. She probably got more than she (or Schrage) expected – in fact, over 300 of them. Schrage’s response is published in today’s blog entry: Facebook Executive Answers Reader Questions - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com.

For a completely different view of Mr. Schrage’s comments, I found Catharine Taylor’s post at Social Media Insider to raise some important questions.

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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

Cynthia J. Larose is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E). She works with clients in various industries to develop comprehensive information security programs on the front end, and provides timely counsel when it becomes necessary to respond to a data breach.