Mark Zuckerberg’s 3,000 word blog post about his plan to create a parallel set of Facebook services that contain long-overdue privacy protections has plenty to please both the regulators who are increasingly ready to fine the company billions and possibly even break it up, but also privacy advocates who will rightly cheer the announcement that the service will be increasing its end-to-end encryption offerings, only storing data in countries with good track records on human rights and the rule of law, and allowing users to mark some of their conversations as ephemeral, designed to be permanently deleted after a short while.
But Zuckerberg’s promises contain one important omission, as Wired’s Issie Lapowsky and Nicholas Thompson point out: Zuck does not mention his company’s future plans for data sharing and ad-targeting, two of the company’s most controversial and potentially compromising activities.
Cory Doctorow discusses Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcement in regards to privacy. He questions though where the discussion of data sharing and ad targeting is. Mathew Ingram has also collected together a range of views on the topic.