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ComputerWorld is quoting a spokesman for Facebook, Andrew Noyes, as saying that the social-networking giant will offer new privacy tools tomorrow so users can control who sees their information and whether Facebook can share that data with other Web sites.

Story here: “Facebook to simplify privacy settings Wednesday”

On Monday the Washington Post carried a piece by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announcing that changes would be made. He wrote:

“We have heard the feedback. There needs to be a simpler way to control your information. In the coming weeks, we will add privacy controls that are much simpler to use. We will also give you an easy way to turn off all third-party services. We are working hard to make these changes available as soon as possible.”

He also wrote:

“Here are the principles under which Facebook operates:

— You have control over how your information is shared.

— We do not share your personal information with people or services you don’t want.

— We do not give advertisers access to your personal information.

— We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone.

— We will always keep Facebook a free service for everyone.”

Zuckerberg WP piece here.

Tom Kelchner