Thursday, May 21, 2009

The lazy approach to privacy

"Social networking sites often take a lazy approach to user privacy, doing what's simpler rather than what is correct." Researchers from England's University of Cambridge have found that photographs that they had uploaded to seven out of sixteen popular social networking sites were still accessible via their direct URL even thirty days after the user had deleted the photograph. The researchers commented that "privacy must be a design constraint, not a legal add-on."

BBC NEWS UK Websites 'keeping deleted photos':

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