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Instant Personalization Alert Goes Viral

The following warning message regarding Instant Personalization is currently being shared by thousands on Facebook:

FACEBOOK FYI: ALERT*As of today, NEW PRIVACY setting called “Instant Personalization” that shares data with non-Facebook websites and it is automatically set to “Enable.” Go to Account>Privacy Settings>Applications and Websites>Instant Personalization>at bottom of page Edit Settings, and un-check “Enable”. BTW if your …friends don’t do this, they will be sharing information about you. PLEASE COPY & REPOST

While true that Instant Personalization ─which allows selected websites to automatically access your “publicly available information”─ is enabled by default, it’s certainly not a change made by Facebook “as of today”. In fact, this message first went viral back in April when Facebook launched the feature on sites like Yelp and Pandora. And despite the immediate wave of privacy concerns, Facebook never changed its opt-out nature.

We advise you to make up your mind about this “scary” feature first by watching the video at this page. If you think you’re better off without it, then scroll down that page and click the “turn off instant personalization” link. Close the “Understanding…” popup and uncheck “Enable instant personalization on partner websites” at the bottom of that page.

Another, slightly longer path to completely turning it off is by going to your Privacy Settings, clicking “Edit your settings” for using apps, games and websites (at the bottom left), then the “Edit Settings” button behind Instant personalization ─now close the popup─ and finally unchecking the checkbox at the bottom.

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Instant Personalization Alert Goes Viral Posted by on January 5, 2011 at 8:00 AM. Use this trackback if you're linking this story.

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