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New Facebook ‘Timeline’ Feature Raises Privacy Concerns

By Suzanne Monaghan

Facebook has a new look.

For now it’s optional, but eventually all member profiles will change to a “timeline” format, similar to a digital scrapbook.

Like many Facebook changes, this one is getting mixed reviews from users and has once again raised concerns about privacy.

“I’ve heard of people getting robbed for just putting that they were on vacation or something like that,” one user tells KYW Newsradio.

“I just want exactly what I know and what I expect,” complains another Facebook user about the coming changes.  “And I go on there and I don’t know how to find what I want, and I’m worried that I’m going to do something that I don’t mean to do.”

Rob D’Ovidio, associate professor of criminal justice at Drexel University, understands that woman’s worrry.  He says that by putting your life experiences in a chronological order online, it becomes easier for criminals to hack into your other accounts.

“When you’re signing up for new services and they ask you security questions in case you forget your password — so they can validate you are who you say you are — they ask the name of your first school or maybe the town that you were born in,” he points out.

D’Ovidio says users should check check their privacy settings after each Facebook change.

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  • joan

    I want to know why ,when I post a comment on a site,such as wgme or any place else,it keeps showing up on my wall.I delete from my wall and it comes back again. if I wanted people tracking my comments I wouldn’t delete it! and the other issue on timeline I hate is how it posts every update i make,like I updated my high school status. I know its in my information,I don’t need it to keep popping up on my wall of everything i do. for that reason I’m seriously thinking of dropping timeline.when a person deletes off their wall you should let that happen without it erasing from the site they comment on.

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  • Derrickblogs

    I agree Facebook has it’s issues and for those who want privacy need to stay away from it.

  • grumpy

    Thanks but no thanks! I’ll stick to my phone and my emails…..more secure.

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