Facebook's new privacy rules, America's extremely old privacy laws

Facebook wants to share more of your data with the world, while a new tech coalition wants to keep the Feds from snooping around the cloud.

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The good news here: This kind of story is reaching the mainstream media. The more people who realize Facebook apps and quizzes are a privacy nightmare waiting to happen, the more likely Facebook will have to do something about them.

* A new site called "Unvarnished" has launched in a limited alpha. Unvarnished allows anyone to post anonymous "reviews" of people, which said people cannot remove. It's been described by some as "LinkedIn meets Yelp" and by others as an endless gift to defamation attorneys.  I'll have more to say on that in a future post, once I can convince them to let me in on the fun. In the meantime, Eveyln Rusli, who recently left Forbes.com to write and do video for TechCrunch, has a pretty good summary of it.

When not busy pulling April Fools pranks, Dan Tynan tends his geek humor empire, eSarcasm (which was not recently acquired by TechCrunch, despite what you might have heard).

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