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News: Facebook Say Privacy Fears Are Unfounded

Category: Internet, General News
Posted: 09:39AM

BBC News - Many people may have been nervous when Facebook revealed plans early in September to make user profiles available to search engines, and rightly so. However the company's head of privacy, Chris Kelly says that users don't have to be worried about the possibility of exposing personal data. The only data available to people searching for you would be your name and profile picture, and even then that would only be available should you agree that your profile be searchable in the first place.

Facebook has had an explosion of popularity recently, largely due to opening up the platform to 3rd party developers, who have created 3000 applications for the site so far and are working on more. Facebook are aiming to have 60 million active users worldwide by the end of this year, which put into perspective is nearly as much as the entire population of the UK. Protection of personal data is a big issue, especially on the internet where information is often so freely available, and as Facebook continues to grow it is likely to continue to cause concern among members.

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