What do you do if an employer asks to see into your personal social network? We discuss with Bob Sullivan, author of the Red Tape Chronicles on MSNBC. Read this blog post by Rafe Needleman on Reporters’ Roundtable Podcast.
Cory Doctorow’s craphound.com >> Blog Archive » Protecting your Facebook privacy at work isn’t just about passwords
Here’s a podcast of my last Guardian column, Protecting your Facebook privacy at work isn’t just about passwords:
Facebook has threatened to sue companies that force their employees to reveal their Facebook login details. As laudable as this is, I worry that it will fail to accomplish its primary objective – protecting Facebook users from employer snooping.
Increasingly, firms configure the computers and devices on their internal networks to trust "self-signed certificates". These cryptographic certificates are the same files used by your browser to establish secure, eavesdropping-proof connections to websites and to validate software updates, and to generally validate the identity of remote machines and guard the files they send you from tampering and spying.
Facebook has developed new privacy features and agreed to 20 years of independent audits of its privacy practices. Google and Twitter previously settled similar cases with the Federal Trade Commission. Farhad Manjoo argues that Facebook, or any social network, can never be truly private.
Facebook filed to go public this week and the entire tech world turned its attention to the filing document, the S-1. It revealed some impressive numbers: 845 million monthly users on Facebook, about half of them on mobile devices. It also showed that Zynga accounted for 12 percent of Facebook’s revenue. CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in a letter embedded in the S-1, also took pains to tell potential investors that Facebook would try to maintain its "hacker culture," as well as its focus on connecting people to each other, as opposed to connecting shareholders just to revenue. There’s a lot to unpack in the Facebook filing, and we have two great guests to help us walk through it: Josh Constine, a writer at TechCrunch and fomerly the lead writer of Inside Facebook, and… Shervin Pishevar, a venture capitalist in Menlo Ventures and an entrepreneur Bonus: Shervin was an early investor in Klout, so I asked him some questions on that product, after the main show. The video is embedded at the end of this post.