Online privacy company Abine has launched a service called PrivacyWatch, which alerts subscribers when Facebook changes its privacy settings.
The service costs $1.99 per month, and also includes expert analysis of any changes Facebook makes to its privacy settings. Kristina Kennedy, VP of Marketing at Abine, told Mashable security experts will also guide users as to how best ensure their data is actually private on Facebook.
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Considering Facebook's impending IPO and the recent announcement that its privacy policies have been combined into one 7,000-word document, consumers want to be in-the-know about how to guard their data, she said.
"Throughout its history, Facebook has made more user information public," Kennedy said.
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In addition to its evolving privacy policies, Facebook has also pushed universal changes on its users -- such as Timeline and the organ donor option. Encouraging more use of preselected data fields also make identifying user interests for the benefit of advertisers easier, Kennedy says.
"If we're honest, most people have not read Facebook's privacy policies," she said. "Nobody has time and nobody's reading them."
PrivacyWatch is one part of Abine's "Go Private" campaign, which also includes a flash mob scheduled for May 15 and a quiz that tells you how valuable you are to Facebook.
What do you think about PrivacyWatch? Would you pay to be alerted when Facebook changes it privacy policies? Tell us in the comments.
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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