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>DIGEST: Sparapani bats for Facebook, UK to "kill off" national ID card program

05/18/2010

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UK MOVES AWAY FROM NATIONAL ID CARD PROGRAM 

BTC _ The United Kingdom has cited “civil liberties” as the chief reason for cancelling the national ID card program and to scrap the National ID registry.   The ID card program was instated as part of the Labour party’s agenda to control immigration and and fight terrorism.  Privacy advocates, like NO2ID,  still seek to repeal  eablished laws on the books.



FACEBOOK SEEKING BALANCE BY INCREASING USER FRIENDLY PRIVACY CONTROLS

Anyone remember,  Tim “Congress must Repeal Real ID” Sparapani ?   While we know defending public identity doesn’t pay much, Sparapani did what he had to do.  Right now he’s the legal counsel for Facebook.   It only feels slightly better that we have one of our own on the inside of the Facebook fight.  While we are still working through our abandonment and betrayal issues, privacy needs more advocacy at Facebook.   WIRED magazine reports Facebook is working on “simplistic user controls” to unsnare profiles from complicated privacy controls which some consider unfair. So unfair, in fact, that transparency gauges were developed for people to watch certain Facebook applications. 


It is an important observation that the user controls at Facebook to delete accounts are hidden.  You’ll have to go off site and dig through WikiHows to figure out how to actually delete your account.   


Whatever… Facecrook is an immense high maintenance pain in the duff.  It’s time to move your clique to another fugee camp – try Diaspora.  While discussions say it is not as well developed or funded , it doesn’t mean it won’t be.  For now, it’s all the buzz amongst privacy pros.  


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