Apr 112018

I’m a little off topic from my usual blog posts but I feel compelled to write something about the issues with Facebook and user privacy. I was shocked to hear Sheryl Sandberg say in a television interview with Savannah Guthrie that Facebook users would need to pay to opt out of having their personal information available to others. I wanted to say, “Lean into the real world Sheryl Sandberg.” Is she so far out of touch with reality that she doesn’t hear herself and understand what she is saying? Of course, we can all opt out for free by deleting Facebook from our computers, smartphones, and tablets. Is that what they want us to do? It appears that Sheryl Sandberg, Mark Zuckerberg, and others at Facebook are so absorbed with themselves that they have no idea what it is like to be an everyday user of their service. With over 30 years of experience in financial and human resource data, I have always had my doubts that Facebook was taking responsibility for securing personal data in the way that they should and have tried to be careful about the way I used the service. But, there is no excuse for their irresponsibility with personal data, data security, and data privacy in today’s world of information security.