Facebook Privacy Requires Balance, CEO Says
At the D8 conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg discusses his company's privacy and security battles and its effort to find the balance between sharing and privacy.From a stage at the D8 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the company's privacy policies as he discussed the idea of maintaining the balance between sharing and privacy. "Privacy is a really important issue for us and for the Internet," Zuckerberg explained in a June 2 interview by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, co-executive editors of the Wall Street Journal. "So we spend a lot of time thinking about these things ... Making these products so that people can share and that people have control and that [it is] simple to do both, is this balance. Opt-in versus opt-out is one part of that balance."
The dance between privacy by default and sharing by default has been very visible in recent statements by privacy advocates about Facebook. The week of May 24, Facebook changed its privacy controls in response to some of the criticism it had taken during the month. But that still left some unsatisfied, with groups such as the Electronic Privacy Information Center calling for Facebook to make information private by default, as opposed to public.