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Google and Facebook, sitting in a tree…k-i-s-s-i-n-g

I’m not one to buy into sinister rumours about unwanted intrusions into one’s on-line privacy, but this seems to be legit.

One of the things that I try to trust about Facebook is that they do protect my privacy according to the settings that I stipulate – i.e., who can see my “stuff”. But there is a little tick-box in one’s privacy settings that should be unticked unless you want your profile info to appear in Google searches.

Latest rumors suggest Facebook is up to compromise users privacy by automatically indexing all users info on Google. Facebook’s privacy features has been one of its strong suits since it began and millions of users trust that the personal information will not be shared with anyone unless permission is granted.

So will Facebook index all your info on Google?

In response to the “rumour”, Facebook posted the following response

There have been misleading rumors recently about Facebook indexing all your information on Google. This is not true. Facebook created public search listings in 2007 to enable people to search for your name and see a link to your Facebook profile.

In case you think that this is an unwanted intrusion into your privacy and don’t want your name to be indexed by Facebook and pop up on Google there is simple solution –  just follow the steps below:

Step 1

Go to the Settings>Privacy Settings>Search

Step 2

If the Allow indexing box is checked for search engines, just uncheck it

In case you have already unchecked the privacy setting feature in past, recheck to ensure if it has changed with the new Privacy settings.

Thanks to cousin Christopher as well as the folks at Simple Thoughts, by Gaea Times for this info.


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  1. When I was a kid, my mother had a Gremlin. I think it was in a discussion of that car that I first heard the term “POS”

  2. Yes, someone else told me that too… I have a friend who works in China.

    I’m not really surprised. Although the government might like some of my views (I don’t support Tibet, for example, at least not in the way most people I’ve seen support it), a lot of what I post would make the average communist cringe.

  3. trashee says:

    Good points Squid-dude. I do check my privacy settings to ensure that they are what I want them to be and some little gremlin (the mythical being, not the car) hasn’t changed anything.
    Hey – did I mention to you that your site is blocked in China?

  4. Four important points though:

    1. It only indexes info you have available to everyone. If you don’t have info available to everyone, the setting on the index check box doesn’t matter.

    2. The checkbox has been there for a while, so if your info is set to “Everyone”, it’s probably already been indexed multiple times. The internet never forgets.

    3. Applications have the same visibility as the indexer, but don’t have a separate checkbox… all the info that is set to “everyone” has been handed to every application the user has used.

    4. Indexing notwithstanding, is anyone so much of an exhibitionist that they really want to have all their info visible to any ape who can find their name?

    I say “don’t worry about the index check box, set your privacy settings properly”. I imagine you (Trashy) have done so, I certainly have from day one 🙂 They can index me all they want, they get my name and gender.

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