Has Facebook Finally Figured Out Privacy?

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PC World, 10/7/10

Facebook’s revamped Groups feature is getting positive early reviews from privacy watchdogs and advocacy groups.

Facebook unrolled three new features that give users greater control over how their data is used and shared, which means the social networking giant may finally be learning from its past privacy gaffes. The changes include a simplified Groups feature that lets you easily share data such as photos or Wall posts with select friends. Also, soon you will be able to download nearly all your Facebook data including wall posts, photos, videos, notes, events, e-mail, and your friends list into a simple compressed HTML file. Lastly, Facebook has created a new applications dashboard so you can see how often third-party applications are accessing your Facebook data and what types of data they can access.

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