According to a Help Net Security article, “As of Monday 12 p.m. PST, Facebook has opened the seven-day period of voting for or against the proposed Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities changes that it has recently announced.” Facebook evidently has a policy of putting up proposed security policies for a vote among it’s users. And at least one of the current changes of policy intends to stop the voting in lieu of a seven-day period for review and comment.
As a past security professional, I think I’m going to throw up! What garbage! Facebook users, of all people, do not have the information, awareness, or experience to make such a decision. They’ve proven many times over that they have a distinct and lasting disdain for security policies and practices. But Facebook, who also shares this disdain, cops out…so to speak, by allowing their ignorant “user-minions” to make the decision they really want to be made. Which is use of the least bothersome security policies possible.
The reason organizations employ separate security departments is that Internet or computer security is a very specialized function. It’s a repository for experienced security specialists to employ their experience and skill to protect the organization against Internet and other computer security threats. Policy is typically set by this organization, backed by the organization’s management. This is a working and proven scenario because of the expertise of the security experts.
In my opinion, Facebook and it’s users deserve whatever happens to them as result of future attacks…successful because of the weak security policies Facebook and it’s users have allowed.
I have now stepped down from my soapbox…
Reference: Net Security article
Disclosure: I am a Facebook user myself…but for how much longer, I don’t know.
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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