Friday, March 19, 2010

Make Sure Your Picture Doesn't End Up On A Facebook Ad

I noticed another little privacy default in Facebook that allows for the potential of private information to be leaked to your friends by allowing your name or picture to be placed in their ads.  At this point, Facebook strictly says 'Facebook does not give third party applications or ad networks the right to use your name or picture in ads.  If this is allowed in the future, this setting will govern the usage of your information.'  In other words, we do not allow this at this point but if we decide to change that policy, we won't tell you and you will find out when someone writes to let you know your picture is on a Viagra ad. 

To turn off this setting:

- Launch Facebook. 

- Click the arrow just to the right of 'Account' (in the upper-right-hand corner).

- Click 'Account Settings'.

- Click on 'Facebook Ads' tab.

- Change the drop-down from 'Only my Friends' to 'No one'.

Yet another privacy hole averted.

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