Facebook’s Stand to Protect User Privacy – Is it Enough?

Facebook has reacted to employers who demand their users’ passwords by threatening to sue them.  Good for Facebook!  The move gives me just a little bit of faith that the company, while depending on access to information to survive, is serious about protecting its users’ individual rights to privacy.

And while this is a step in the right direction, I don’t think they have gone anywhere near far enough.

I would like to see Facebook establish and fund a permanent organization dedicated to defending the privacy of its users. This organization would watch for, and take action against, those who exploit Facebook users in violation of the privacy policy anywhere in the world.  Maintaining privacy is a constant fight and it requires unending vigilance. By its very nature, privacy is always threatened.

What we need is a long term institutional solution. If Facebook does not step up soon then perhaps government should.

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