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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Facebook sceptical about Data Portability

Chris Kelly, Facebook's chief privacy officer, says:
We joined the Data Portability Workgroup because we want to show that we're serious about having that conversation. But to just say that you can have a completely open system ignores that there are serious privacy and security challenges about that.
You can now say that they understand the privacy problems of linking the silos and building interfaces for exchanging what is essentially personal information. You can also say that they just want to protect their business model and not share the Facebook user base with others. Or you can say that these arguments are not mutually exclusive. Bob Blakley has developed a similar privacy business argument around his model of an Identity Oracle last year.

2 Comments:

Blogger Michael Zimmer said...

"they understand the privacy problems of linking the silos and building interfaces for exchanging what is essentially personal information"

But, isn't that essentially what every single Facebook app does? Linking their silo to some unknown application writer? Seems that they're cool with that kind of information transfer (as it benefits them), just not true portability (as you point out in your second point)

20/2/08 21:22

 
Blogger Ralf Bendrath said...

Facebook apps are not "silos" like MySpace, LinkeIn or others. They live off Facebook's platform. I don't want to underestimate the privacy problems of the apps, but conceptually, this is a different beast. I see apps as parasites that suck some datablood, but also enhance the service, whereas other SNS are plain competitors that want to take over the whole corpse. Of course, Google with OpenSocial is the master parasite. :-)

21/2/08 17:01

 

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