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Facebook will soon automatically grab your iOS photos and post them online

Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by dgstorm, Nov 20, 2012.

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    Some users of iDevices might have noticed today a new feat that consists of automatically syncing photos on Facebook from the iPhone, iPad or iPod. That’s because starting this week, Facebook has began its Photo Syncing campaign for Apple devices.

    The feature will instantly and automatically upload every picture that is snapped with the respective iOS device to the user’s linked account. The photos will be stored automatically in a folder, that user can choose to keep private or shared publically. Needless to say if you don’t like the pictures you can delete them without any problems.

    Even if the feature is still in its experimental stage, you might want to find out if you were included in the trial. To do so, check the Photos section located in the sidebar navigation of your Facebook app. If you look at the bottom and you see a Photo Sync option, check it. Everything should proceed from there.

    The procedure seems so simple, that some voices are raising concerns about the privacy issues. What if every snapshot you take will end up online? How careful must we be? Apparently, very. The feature can be of course turned off, but we all know how easily it is to forget.

    So far there’s no exact date of when the feat will be officially released but as the beta for iOS and Android is being tested, we can only speculate that it will be very soon.

    by Radu

    Source - Facebook Testing Automatic Photo Sync for iOS
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    Never been a Facebook user or fan. Things like this just further justify my abstinence from social media. Meh.
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    Good grief!! Man, this kind of thing needs to be beat down. I get upset just thinking about this. Argh!!!
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    I just found a really useful button on FaceBook: deactivate.

    One invasion of privacy too far, methinks.

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    I see lawsuits in the future, here.
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    No photo sync option on my Facebook, yet.
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    Nor mine. I can't see it being legal in Canada. Maybe they are running the beta in countries where privacy is a little more basic than it is here?

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    I don't want Facebook grabbing anything of mine automatically, lol.
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    Is there no way this can be prevented without the FB account owner giving his or her explicit confirmation and agreement ? I find it appalling that something like this can go on with total disregard for personal privacy of the user. Have never been comfortable with social networks in general and only utilize my Facebook account to communicate with close friends and family.

    Privacy and respect for one's personal business seems to have been replaced by an almost "Jerry Springer" attitude of hideous over-expression and drama drama drama. "My bs is your bs" and the more outlandish and scandalous one can make their lives sound, all the better! Who really cares about all that bs anyway? It makes me embarrassed for the person. Sounds so ignorant and trashy. Is everyone living a "reality show" kind of life and yearns for their 15 minutes of fame??? My god, how pathetic. What has happened that the goal of so many is that ridiculous 15 minutes of fame?

    I believe this kind of attitude has resulted in the right to privacy regarding Facebook's plans to synch photos from account holders iPads; what we are talking about now. Personal privacy is gone I fear. This all makes me wonder what else is going on with all my personal "stuff" (and yours) that can be accessed and used for some one else's use. I am suspiciously suspicious . Makes for a feeling of infuriated frustration and impotence.

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    Good post, Louisa. Privacy is taken very seriously in Canada, for which I'm thankful. Unfortunately, people in some other countries don't share our rights.

    Like you, I use FB for close friends and family, and don't enjoy my personal info being extracted by default.

    "Options" such as this should always be opt-in rather than opt-out.

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    Easy solution: DON'T USE FACEBOOK.
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    Easy solution, not so easily applied when you have family in other countries.

    Sometimes, like it or no, you just have to go with the flow.

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    That's not exactly an option for most.
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    I'm surprised there haven't been lawsuits for other things yet regarding Facebook. I almost want there to be just because.
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    it seems like as time goes by our privacy slowly goes out the door :(
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    Yes, as time goes on, more and more companies will try and get away with everything that's not expressly prohibited under law.
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    The feature puts your pictures in a private album that only you can see until you move them to another album - so it's not going to expose your pictures to your fb friends at least.

    I do agree it should be opt in though and not opt out.
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    This is because you grant them permission to do just about anything they want...
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    Yes, you will be forced to grant them permission to use your photos in that manner before using Facebook. User agreements are crafted by the best lawyers to reduce or eliminate legal liabilities for the companies that issue them.
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    I had an email last night from Facebook about new terms and conditions. I clicked on the link expecting to see the page that detailed the changes. No such luck. It opened to my timeline, forcing me to go digging. Did I bother? No. And it's my bet most people won't. By not chasing the link, I've probably agreed to donate the entire contents of my computer systems to them.

    Facebook should remember what happened to MySpace. Giants DO fall in the IT world.

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