A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"
I am deeply concerned with the lack of controls available on the latest iteration of facebook, for reasons beyond my privacy in regards to marketing. I am concerned for my safety. My chief concern is that now anyone that I do not specifically block, can see the full breadth of comments I make on colleagues pages, or they on mine. I have had stalker issues, so it is no idle concern. This, though seemingly personal, is I believe, still the purview of the FTC, because facebook has become an indispensable networking tool (a public good that I believe has precedence in both the recent blackberry debacle, as well as the copyright law's standard of iconic status), and, as I said in my letter to the Council of Women and Girls on the same subject, women are already disadvantaged in the workforce- facebook making it nearly impossible to maintain a professional network and safeguard myself is tantamount to asking me to choose between my fiscal and physical well-being. This is not a choice I should need to make for the sake of their marketing dollars as an otherwise vulnerable member of society. It is, to my mind, an inexcusable breach of ethics for the sake of commerce. Please see fit to weigh that public good, my good, against the profits of a single segment of commerce. Best~ CJ Nye