CLBR Segment 2: Facebook Privacy Vote with Dan Tynan

The Vote

From Facebook’s Data Usage Policy

Opportunity to comment and vote
Unless we make a change for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccurate statement, we will give you seven (7) days to provide us with comments on the change. If we receive more than 7000 comments concerning a particular change, we will put the change up for a vote. The vote will be binding on us if more than 30% of all active registered users as of the date of the notice vote.

Thus – Binding if 30% of 900 Million Users Vote (approx 270 million)

Selected Opinions

“As a marketing tool, a vote confirms an account as active rather than dormant. As a PR tool, a vote suggests Facebook actually cares about users’ opinions on privacy, an illusion contradicted by Zuckerberg’s public disdain for privacy. Only by abstaining from voting can users really send a message to Facebook.”

Dr. Janet Sternberg, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University –

“Vote if you want, but don’t expect a “no” vote to the changes, to matter.  These are largely administrative updates, and even though the vote is going 4 to 1 against them, expect Facebook to implement the new policies anyway.”   

– Josh King, general counsel of

According to Mark Weinstein (founder of – a free social media dashboard where users truly own their content – and an Advisory Board Member of the Future of Privacy Forum)… 

“Personally, I feel Facebook’s new privacy policy is in exact contradiction with what I (and sgrouples) believe true privacy is. I encourage users to, first of all, vote. But do it with their conscience. The power of social networks lies in building communities that embrace the values of its members. However, the most effective vote is consumer choice. People should choose platforms based on the quality of the the tools they offer to manage privacy.” 



Dan Tynan

1.  Bio (Wikipedia)

2.  Recent Articles

Facebook privacy hits and myths

Posted Jun 05, 2012 – 03:20 pm
Can you tell the cops to keep their mitts off your Facebook page? Is Facebook really asking you to vote on its new privacy policy? Read on for the answers.
Microsoft just made the Internet a little more private for everyone
Posted Jun 03, 2012 – 03:41 pm
Internet Explorer 10 will ship with Do Not Track settings turned on by default. That’s good news for you and me; not so good for the online ad industry.
Is it safe to show your face on Facebook?
Posted May 31, 2012 – 10:29 pm
If Facebook buys facial recognition company, your social party pix could morph into mug shots.
Behind the Web’s Dark Shadows: Who’s following you?
Posted May 29, 2012 – 04:16 pm
A cool new site called Me & My Shadow lets you find out which traces of digital data you leave behind as you surf.
Inside a Facebook botnet
Posted May 23, 2012 – 01:40 pm
How easy is it to get a Facebook botnet to do your bidding? All you need is cash, the right software, and a list of fake accounts. I did it in 10 minutes for less than $70.

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My love/hate relationship with Facebook

May 16, 2012

I love Facebook. I also hate it. And sometimes I’m indifferent, but not often.

As the big IPO day looms closer, lots of folks are taking a second look at this thing that started out as kind of a goofy diversion for college kids and has grown into the beast with 900 million heads.

This is the golden age of Facebook privacy
May 15, 2012
After Facebook’s IPO, the only way the company can boost revenues is by sharing more and more of your data. So enjoy what little privacy you have left before it’s gone.

3.  Book: Computer Privacy Annoyances

From the moment you’re born, you enter the data stream-from birth certificates to medical records to what you bought on Amazon last week. As your dossier grows, so do the threats, from identity thieves to government snoops to companies who want to sell you something. Computer Privacy Annoyancesshows you how to regain control of your life. You’ll learn how to keep private information private, stop nosy bosses, get off that incredibly annoying mailing list, and more. Unless you know what data is available about you and how to protect it, you’re a sitting duck. Computer Privacy Annoyances is your guide to a safer, saner, and more private life.

Written by privacy pro Dan Tynan, and based on interviews with privacy experts from all over the globe, Computer Privacy Annoyances serves up real-world advice in bite-sized portions that will help you stop the snoops in their tracks. The book even addresses non-computing threats, from telemarketer-cum-stalkers, thieves at your mailbox, nosy folks in your HR department, cell phone eavesdroppers, and more.

The key areas covered include:

  • Privacy at Home
  • Privacy on the Net
  • Privacy at Work
  • Privacy in Public
  • Privacy and Uncle Sam
  • Privacy in the Future

Daniel Tynan has written about Internet privacy and security for nearly a decade. His work has appeared in more than 40 national publications. As executive editor at PC World, Tynan edited a special issue on Internet Privacy that won a Grand Neal Award and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. He has won more than a dozen other honors, including nine Neals, four Maggies, and two Computer Press Association Awards

4.  Another Dan’s Election Coverage