Friday, April 20, 2018

Will Facebook's easing into GDPR be good enough in the U.S. for most users?


Staci Krame chastises Facebook in the Sunday (April 15) Outlook section, “Facebook could easily make privacy the default. It hasn’t.” 

She wants a standard of opt-in rather than making you opt out through several screens.
  
Emily Stewart of Vox explained on April 18 what you need to know about the new privacy settings. 
  
This is supposed to comply with Europe’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR).  For example, you can tell it if you want target ads.

But others say that Facebook won't fully comply with GDPR in North America, at first at least. 

It’s significant that you can opt out of facial recognition (should that be an opt-in) although I don’t see how that stops false tagging in photos (that has happened to me only once). But the facial recognition problem seems to comport with the skittishness that some people have these days about being photographed in bars, where the etiquette expected is narrower than it was say ten years ago.
   
The other deeper question is how public people want to be.  I did want to make myself public when I wrote the first DADT book because, according to the standards of the time, the arguments I wanted to make were unique enough that they demanded my own personal narrative become public and searchable to back it up.  That isn’t generally true of most people, and I don't think what I did is a model for others to follow, generally speaking.  However,\indeed, in the past few years we’ve seen a disturbing trend of people being coerced to support other people’s causes (sometimes workplace or reputation related) on their own personal social media accounts.

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