Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Facebook Connect is the new panopticon

Some interesting reading in the Facebook Connect Terms of Use.

In order to make Connect possible, you agree to allow Facebook to check your Facebook cookies when you are visiting participating third party websites, and allow Facebook to receive information concerning the actions you take on those third party websites. In addition, once you allow a participating third party website to connect with Facebook, you agree to allow Facebook and such third party website to generate and publish news feed and other stories about actions you take on the website without any additional permission. In the event you no longer want the third party website to publish stories about you, you can always disable this feature by changing your application settings.

I used to think that SAML & Liberty could enable a pretty-good panopticon model (or at least that's what I was told) but we have nothing on this.

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