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Facebook has introduced plans to encrypt user IDs in a move seemingly designed to placate critics following recent privacy kerfuffles. The social network prohibits the sharing of user IDs with data brokers in its privacy policies. However, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that personally identifiable …

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DDG

DuckDuckGo addressed a similar problem with information leakage through HTTP headers a few months back:

https://secure.grepular.com/DuckDuckGo_Searches_Are_Not_Anonymous

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Non-identifiable .....

sending a hash of my username instead, thanks

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eh?

didn't they introduce a "choose your own username" thing a couple of years back? how is that going to work if they encrypt usernames?

Not that i give a monkeys of course, I am not remotely interested in how "Cuuuuuuuute" your new kitten is, or even how badly you can spell your latest boring update!

and if i see "lols" ever again it will be too soon!

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huh?

LOL

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eh^2?

You would still see the right profile if you went to www.facebook.com/roflfunnycatslol, it's just that that user's farmville animals would have no idea that their user id is really 55378008.

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WTF?

The problem IS Facebook

Facebook has handed over client data to advertisers so please explain how encryption will stop this abuse by Facebook?

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WTF?

The answer to privacy is ...

not placing information on the Internet in the first place!

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Compressive or Comprehensive?

"The social network said it wanted to work with the web standards community and browser vendors in developing a more compressive approach to tacking the issue."

I have a funny feeling that "comprehensive approach" is the intended word -- unless this is a "bug" that is being "squished", hehehe...

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