A proposed Facebook policy now allows pictures and information of its users to be used in a product or store's ad without permission. Facebook has been slapped with huge outcries from angry members over this new rule. However, this isn't the first time the social networking giant has faced criticism over its privacy policies.
"I don't think they should be okay to do that" said Facebook user Isabelle Bates.
"I wouldn't want anybody out there to be able to invade our privacy and do anything with our pictures" said Pat Moser, another Facebook user.
Despite the heavy opposition, Facebook insists that the user is granting them permission by signing up for its services.
According to Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities:
"You give us permission to use your name, profile picture, content, and information in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us. This means, for example, that you permit a business or other entity to pay us to display your name and/or profile picture with your content or information, without any compensation to you. If you have selected a specific audience for your content or information, we will respect your choice when we use it."
Some say this policy can jeopardize being hired by potential employers.
"Employers go through your stuff and see everything you put up. It really doesn't help you get jobs" said Midwestern State University student Manuel Soto.
But others like Facebook user Chard Davis, really don't mind.
"I don't have very personal pictures up there so it's not so much of an issue for me. I don't have anything incriminating pictures, just regular stuff. Nothing I would be ashamed of for the public to see" he said.
As long as this policy is in place, users say they will be more careful with what they post. On Wednesday, executives from six public interest groups signed a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, asking the agency to get rid of Facebook's policy.
There are ways to make your Faceebook more secure.
1) Review your "About" Profile Section.
If you only want your friends to have access to this information, be sure your privacy settings are set to "Friends". If there is information you don't mind making public, check to see that those are set to "Public".
2) Check Your Photos' Privacy
To review photos you have shared or have been tagged in, visit your Activity Log. You'll find this next to the "Update Info" button below your cover photo. Click the drop-down menu to the right of each picture to change the privacy setting if necessary. Check the privacy settings of your individual albums. Do this by going to your Albums page and clicking the icon that appears below each of your albums to check the setting.
3) Review Your "Places" Privacy Settings
To review your tag history, view your Activity Log and sort it by "Posts you're tagged in." This filter will also display photo tags. To delete a tag or change a location, click the pencil icon.