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Courtesy of Mashable.com

Courtesy of Mashable.com

While in New Jersey last weekend for my brother’s wedding, my uncle and I got into a long discussion about Facebook. He’s an Internet security guy for the government and he spent a good hour explaining the dangers of Facebook.

He has an account, but it’s completely locked down. He uses it too study the social media tool. He says the amount of information people put on Facebook makes it easy for criminals to do everything from steal our identities to even cause bodily harm.

He’s right. Think about it how many of our passwords are linked to something or someone in our lives? How many of us have our birth dates on our Facebook pages? Many of us assume everyone we connect with on Facebook are cool.

In Monday’s Charlotte Observer, social media columnist Eric Frazier wrote about the growing backlash over Facebook’s lack of concern for users’ privacy. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company recently made more user information public by default, requiring members to pro-actively shield their information. This sparked a strong debate about privacy online.

Facebook officials argue making more information public lets them give members a more personalized Web browsing experience and stronger connections with people and pages they like.

What do you think? Should Facebook do more to protect our privacy?

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