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Is Facebook connection going away?

post #1 of 5
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I just got a notification from Facebook that they may be ending the "Beacon" program due to a lawsuit. That was the program that linked actions from 3rd party sites to the status updates of Facebook.

So is this the same program that Huddler was using?


Here is the letter:
Facebook December 1 at 3:58pm Report
Facebook is sending you this notice of a proposed class action settlement that may affect your legal rights as a Facebook member who may have used the Beacon program. This summary notice is being sent to you by Court Order so that you may understand your rights and remedies before the Court considers final approval of the proposed settlement on February 26, 2010.

This is not an advertisement or attorney solicitation.

This is not a settlement in which class members file claims to receive compensation. Under the proposed settlement, Facebook will terminate the Beacon program. In addition, Facebook will provide $9.5 million to establish an independent non-profit foundation that will identify and fund projects and initiatives that promote the cause of online privacy, safety, and security.

For full details on the settlement and further instructions on what to do to opt out of, object to, or otherwise comment upon the proposed settlement, please go to http://www.BeaconClassSettlement.com.

An email is also being sent to the address associated with your Facebook account.
post #2 of 5
They're actually different things (according to my sources).  Facebook Connect allows users of sites like EcoHuddle, Netflix, Vimeo, etc. to join using their Facebook credentials and to publish their activity on these other sites to their Facebook feeds. 

Beacon was their integration with shopping sites where Facebook was publishing your shopping activity without your permission (like the case where the guy bought an engagement ring to propose to his fiance and it showed up on his Facebook feed without his permission....ruining the surprise).
post #3 of 5
Wow really? How true is it? I am interested as well to link my facebook accounts and published to ecohuddle. Let me know how to do it.
Thanks in advance.
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Some of my friends canceled their Facebook account because of the issue regarding privacy policy. But the popularity of Facebook will run for a looong time.

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Originally Posted by alltruetech View Post

Some of my friends canceled their Facebook account because of the issue regarding privacy policy. But the popularity of Facebook will run for a looong time.


I agree that it will be a long time before Facebook starts to lose membership numbers. However, the green community has at least (this) one reason to cancel their accounts. Greenpeace explains this point in this video .

p.s. To cancel your account you need to take a few steps; 1) create a new email account, yahoo is a good choice 2) go into your Facebook settings and change this email to be you primary/contact email 3) deactivate your account 4) cancel the email address. Now there is no way to get into that account, but, Facebook will still be storing it (a.k.a. spending money on an account that doesn't exist) :)

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