Franken raps Facebook on photo tagging

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 19, 2012 - 6:50 AM

Company told a Senate panel on technology and privacy that users can block photo tracking if they wish.

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grapeape1969Jul. 18, 12 9:29 PM

Here's a thought... if you don't want people to see photos of you... DON'T PUT THEM ON THE INTERNET! See, simple. If you think someone just HAS to see a photo, send it in a private email.

tmwinkel1Jul. 18, 12 9:36 PM

Negative Al. To the best of my knowledge (and I know they have changed their privacy policy) you can choose to authorize(or simply block tagging) anything posted to you or about you.

elmore1Jul. 18, 1210:46 PM

Al, do your homework prior to taking shots at FB.

nonewtaxesJul. 19, 12 5:14 AM

One should have zero expectation of privacy when posting something online.

paulusJul. 19, 12 6:54 AM

Hey Al, instead of wasting time on foolishness like Facebook, why don't you and your liberal friends in the Senate work on a budget. How many years has it been since the Democrat controlled Senate passed an actual budget? Do some real work for a change.

dentesterJul. 19, 12 7:05 AM

Politicians, especially clueless ones like Franken, should quit trying to micromanage the private sector. He obviously agrees with Obama that the Facebook founders didn't build that business. Someone else did.

roscoe2511Jul. 19, 12 7:15 AM

It isn't only the photos of yourself that get posted. Other people take your picture and post the photos without permission of all the people in the photo all the time. Like always, the right over simplifies and demonizes Al Franken because they want to disagree with everything he says regardless of whether he makes a good point.

localguyJul. 19, 12 7:18 AM

With the proliferation of the internet, privacy is emerging as a major issue. I know that we could protect our privacy by not posting to the internet, but that's like saying that we'd be safer if we lived in bunkers in Wyoming. Times change and we should benefit from those changes, not be victimized by them. Kudos to Senator Franken for being the leader on privacy concerns. It's a lot more than Norm Coleman ever accomplished.

overnunderJul. 19, 12 7:31 AM

In no way should Franken be spending ANY time on this subject. Facebook is a free 'service'. People that want to use it should learn how to use it by exploring the site. If it takes '6 clicks' to get somewhere, so be it. It's almost like Franken is trying to demonize FB because everything is not immediately intuitive to the lazy person who can't be bothered to learn what they should. Franken's efforts are just another example of trying to dumb down America to the point that the government will make all of your decisions for you.

bakehachJul. 19, 12 8:20 AM

Franken is right (did I just say that???). Allowing photo tagging should be an EASY opt-in 'feature'--not opt-out. Most of the posters here aren't understanding that it is other people doing the tagging--not the person being tagged.


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