Claim: Facebook has announced it will be turning over user data to the FBI, CIA, and NSA.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, December 2014]
I couldn’t find any articles on the notion that Facebook is collaborating with the government, fbi, cia, nsa, etc to disclose privacy
of it’s users.
Central to Biggs’ remarks about Facebook “spying” was a specific block of text inside Facebook’s newly revised standard terms and conditions pertaining to the social network’s use of data culled from the Facebook mobile application. The text was displayed during the video several times, with the relevant portions underlined in red:
Facebook’s (and other similar social media sites’) relationship to privacy is a multi-faceted, complex, and perpetually evolving issue. The continual introduction of novel apps, scripts, devices, and other innovations and their intersection with law, law enforcement, and constitutional protections
ensuring privacy and due process is a matter hotly and intricately debated inside courtrooms, in the course of investigations, and in the media. Neither that video nor this article could adequately address the sheer breadth of issues contained within the scope of social media and individual privacy concerns.
However, Biggs (and those who echoed his statements) made both vague and specific statements about a particularly imminent issue in terms of Facebook and privacy: namely that on
The text in the picture does not, in fact, have any relevance to the disclosure of data to law enforcement sources. In the privacy excerpt shown in that image, the matter at hand is the manner in which data is collected (via mobile devices or computers) and an affirmation that data is collected to identify how and where Facebook is accessed. While a very suspicious assessment of the wording could theoretically focus on tracking users’ personal lives via geolocation functions, a standard interpretation of this commentary suggests it merely discloses Facebook is actively using your location to target ads and accessibility functions based on whether you are out and about, at school, or at work.
While this text alone does not address the scope of Facebook’s privacy policies, it bears mentioning this relatively benign passage was the most damning one the video’s creators could locate. If that text is the sole evidence of Facebook’s plot to land us all in jail via federal interception of how strong our battery is on a Tuesday night, it’s relatively weak.
The video also discusses what later posts referred to as a “bombshell” planned by Facebook for release on
In that post, Facebook explained the launch of new privacy controls created in response to complaints its existing settings were too difficult for many users to understand. In addition, the statement detailed how location data and universal logins linked to other services (such as Instagram and WhatsApp) either will be increasingly linked (or were already connected) to existing Facebook accounts. Additionally, Facebook briefly addressed the use of data collected regarding user operating systems, battery levels, and signal strength.
Quite simply, while Facebook’s “Privacy Basics” update slated for
Last updated: 9 December 2014