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04/21/2010

Toss out your privacy as Facebook becomes more stalker-ish

If it wasn’t already before, Facebook is fast becoming the most stalker-efficient web portal on the planet.

At the company’s annual f8 software developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, the website’s head honcho highlighted ways the social networking site will become more integrated with your everyday activities.
Founder Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage, waxing on about how the ‘Like’ button will extend to “all websites” beyond the realms of Facecrack to reach photographs and articles across the web using Facebook Connect. It’s essentially a platform that uses your FB account with other websites, easing the hassle of a secondary login to track your steps.

Basically, as long as you’re logged into Facebook during your surfing day, your “friends” will be able to tell if you read that story about Heidi Montag’s plastic surgery gone overboard, or the advice column on how to please your significant other. Provided that website has the proper Facebook plug-ins installed, of course (though this is expected to be widespread).

This comes days after the Canadian privacy commissioner and nine other countries came down on Google to improve its privacy standards. And this is months after Facebook was forced to deal with other privacy concerns by the same commissioner.

Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t the end of privacy as we know it. There’s bound to be some sort of buried switch for preserving all of your sensitive information (or keeping your creepy side to yourself).

But this is just another example how there is no real privacy on the web. The latest chapter added to Facebook’s growth is just exposing another cloak of privacy before it’s picked away at the edges and stripped off your forehead, exposing your inner thoughts to the world as the Internet becomes more of a global playground.

Yes, this will help you know more about what your friends are up to on the net. But it will also show you what your colleagues are up to. And your mom.

Now, where’s that Dislike button?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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