Opt In or Opt Out – Another Important Congressional Decision

As most everyone who uses Facebook knows, the Internet social networking site made some changes recently. Users have the option to opt out  if they wish to have their personal information not sent to several third parties. Now Senator Charles Schumer of New York and a number of other Democratic Senators want Facebook to change this to Opt in. Really, I kid you not.

A recent article also stated:

The issue surrounds Facebook’s decision to automatically share your data with select partners (currently limited to Docs.com, Pandora.com, and Yelp.com) the moment you visit the site. Rather than forcing you to click a “Log In With Facebook” button, Facebook automatically shares basic information about you. While there remains to be confusion surrounding the multiple services launched by Facebook at last week’s developer conference, Facebook could soon have to back down from this new trial service.

At a time in our nation’s history when the bankers and Wall Street insiders are running amok, when we are trillions of dollars in debt, when we have wars being fought on two fronts, congressmen have the time to worry about whether Facebook users opt in or opt out?


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  • Theodorus Dykhorst

    Let e see if I understand you… You are in favour of the default sharing of private and confidential information?

    I would have thought this matter before your US congress relates to sharing or hiding private information as a default.

    If you are in favour of sharing as a default option I do not want anything more to do with this web site.

    Note that my default position is that you are in favour, so. if I hear nothing to the contrary within 24 hours, I will take steps to remove myself from your mailing lists, to the best of my ability.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Theodorus,
      I do not favor the opting in for sharing of information. I believe that people are smart enough to figure out what the words ‘in’ or ‘out’ mean.
      What irritates me is that our Congress has the time to stick their noses into this when there are other major events in our country that need to
      be addressed. I don’t need any more government in my life. Next thing these idiots will want to do is to tell us how to wipe ourselves after we
      have a bowel movement.

      I see from your ip address that you are from New Zealand. Let me ask you a question? If you woke up tomorrow morning and found 10 to 12
      million illegal aliens in your country, would you be upset and want your government to do something about it? If your government was fighting
      2 wars spending billions while your countries infrastructures, roads, bridges ans so forth were falling apart, would you be a happy camper?
      The list goes on and on, but I won’t bore you with the problems we are facing.

      My point is, that this Congressman is using smoke & mirrors and should be confronting the problems we face and not how we use Facebook!

  • http://justenrobertson.com Justen

    They’re looking for a convenient excuse to seize more power over the web, and here it is. People like Theodorus who think all their problems can be solved by government half-wits and armies of thugs, paid on stolen money, will pave the road for the power grab.

    Don’t be stupid, this won’t stop at Facebook and it won’t stop at opt in/opt out policies. If you let them have their way, pretty soon you’ll have a mountain of regulation you have to comply with to build even the simplest of websites – the same way every other business operates, and there will die the independent web entrepreneur as well as the small website under the mounting costs of compliance with stupid hamhanded government mandates. In that case, get ready for the darknet to spread.

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