Think your Facebook photos really go away when you hit delete? They didn’t until now. Here’s what used to happen to many photos: when a photo was deleted it disappeared from all profiles and albums, making it seem like it was really gone. But if a direct link to the photo was saved, by copying its URL, the photo was still easily accessible, in some cases up to three years after it was deleted. Facebook has now promised to delete photos from its servers no more than 30 days after a user deletes the photo from their profile. In other Facebook news, officials in Germany are investigating the company’s facial recognition technology for a second time. The data protection commissioner there is accusing Facebook of compiling huge databases of users’ photos without their consent, which he says goes against European law. Facebook disagrees, saying that their opt-out system is perfectly legal. Just another day in the slippery slope of online privacy.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 17, 2012
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).