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Facebook isn’t violating your privacy — Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are.


Haley Shircliff

Staff writer

Ever wonder why you are getting random spam and e-mails on your computer? While you might blame Facebook, it’s not the case.

Mark Zuckerberg said during an interview with Charlie Rose that Facebook is not violating the privacy settings on Facebook. According to him Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft are. Zuckerberg argues that Facebook is far more privacy-friendly than other web behemoths, which are less transparent about the data they collect and how they use it.

“If you look at companies, whether it’s Google or Yahoo! or Microsoft … that have search engines and ad networks, they also have a huge amount of information about you. It’s just that they’re collecting [information] about you behind your back, really,” Zuckerberg said, ” And it’s like you’re going — you’re going around the web, and they have cookies, and they’re collecting this huge amount of information about who you are. But you never know that.”

Facebook only shares the information that you as the user chooses to share. If you don’t want people to see your photos or certain information about you, you can change that in the privacy settings. When it comes to Facebook you have the control. Facebook appears like the bad guy because the information that is being shared is very transparent. It is only that transparent because people set it that way.

While Facebook is responsible for the constant changes being made, it isn’t responsible for all the spam you get. Be careful what you post online and which sites you give your information too. Other websites can sell your information to other websites.