The social networking site has recently begun requiring users to sign in with a password to gain access to certain parts of their profiles.
The practice has been introduced to address security risks such as cyber-attacks and spam, but privacy advocates say it’s also meant to give people a chance to keep track of their information.
But a growing number of people are not happy about it.
The idea that people will have to log in with their Facebook password to access their information has been gaining traction on the internet in recent weeks, with critics warning that the move will make it easier for people to break into the personal information of their friends.
The latest debate came after Facebook began requiring all users to have a password, and then later on the practice of allowing people to create a new password on a whim.
“It’s like they’re asking people to login with their real name, but they don’t need to,” said Mark Haddon, chief technology officer at Privacy International.
“They can create a fake name.”
Privacy International, which has been fighting for years to get access to people’s personal information, has been warning for some time that people are now starting to use more personal information for their own benefit.
In February, the company released a report called Privacy in Action, which highlighted the risks of social networking sites such as Facebook, where information is shared between people on a massive scale.
The report found that more than 90 per cent of people had experienced at least one breach or spam attack on their account in the past year, and more than one-third of people have lost or stolen some of their personal data.
“We have been seeing a growing trend of people accessing their personal info to do malicious things, to use it to steal money, to create fake accounts, to send fake money to people, to abuse other people, and to harass people,” Mr Haddon said.
They’re using it to access data about their relatives that they can’t see.” “
People are using their information to access personal information about their friends that they don.
They’re using it to access data about their relatives that they can’t see.”
Privacy Rights Australia’s head of policy, David Tredinnick, said the trend of sharing information on social networking platforms could have an impact on people’s right to privacy.
“The real danger here is that this is not really about protecting privacy or making sure people can’t misuse it, it’s about enabling criminals to take advantage of that information,” he said.
Privacy International has launched a petition urging Facebook to end its new password requirement.
“Facebook has a duty to protect the privacy of its users, but it must not make it impossible for people who are not authorised users to log into their accounts to gain information,” the petition reads.
But Facebook says it’s just a first step and that it will continue to require users to create their own passwords for all users. “
Instead, we should allow people to be as anonymous as possible, which is what we should do.”
But Facebook says it’s just a first step and that it will continue to require users to create their own passwords for all users.
It says it has not changed how it uses information it collects on its users.
“What we have seen is that we can make it much easier for everyone to manage their personal account settings, to add new friends, to delete or add friends, and it’s all done in a secure way,” Facebook said in a statement.
“To that end, we are constantly working to improve the security of our systems, including password protection.”
The company said the move was also a result of Facebook working with technology companies such as Microsoft, Google and Apple to help with security.
“A password is a simple way to provide a secure method for people that they want to protect their account with, but we have also been working with others to help ensure that we do not inadvertently introduce security vulnerabilities,” Facebook added.
Privacy activists say the move could mean that users’ personal information could be compromised by hackers or spies who want to use the information to target specific groups.
“This is a huge step backwards for privacy,” said Privacy International’s Mr Haddon.
“Privacy is becoming more and more of a commodity and people are getting more and less control over their own data.”
He said people were becoming more desperate to be able to control their personal details.
“There’s more and bigger and bigger data breaches and this will be another big one,” he added.
Facebook said it was not currently enforcing the new requirement and that “all of our people have access to all of their settings”.
The social network said it would not be changing the way it uses its information, and said it wanted to be a “leader” in privacy protection.
“Our goal is to be the first to make it easy for everyone who uses our services to have full control over what they do with their data,” a Facebook spokesperson said.