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HOW TO: Change your Facebook Places privacy settings

Posted in Social Media by diptoe on August 19, 2010

Facebook just announced Facebook Places, which lets you ‘check in’ to places you go to (basically, it helps you tell people where you’re at). There are a few privacy concerns:

  • By default, your check-ins will show up on your profile, friend’s news feeds and the activity stream for the location;
  • Your check-ins are visible to your friends and anyone else nearby; and
  • Your friends can check you in to a location without your permission or approval.

You can controll all of this by changing your Facebook Privacy Settings. Here’s how you do it:

Step 1: Go to your Privacy Settings page (it’s under the Account tab on your Facebook page).

How to change your Facebook Places privacy settings

How to change your Facebook Places privacy settings: Step One

Step 2: Select “Customize Settings” (note the highlighted default setting on this page).

How to change your Facebook Places privacy settings

How to change your Facebook Places privacy settings: Step Two

Step 3: Change these three settings:

How to change your Facebook Places privacy settings

How to change your Facebook Places privacy settings: Step Three

“Places I check in” controls who can see your check-ins; “People Here Now” controls whether or not you are visible to friends and people that are checked in nearby; and the last option lets you control whether or not friends can check you in to places without your permission.

Step Four: For ultimate privacy, choose these settings:

How to change your Facebook Places privacy settings

How to change your Facebook Places privacy settings: Step Four

Step Five: Return to your Privacy Settings page to double-check your new settings:

How to change your Facebook Places privacy settings

How to change your Facebook Places privacy settings: Step Five

And that’s it! For more info on Facebook Places or using Facebook places, check out Mashable’s A Field Guide to Using Facebook Places article. I for one cannot wait to start using Places. What about you? Will you be using Facebook Places?

UPDATE: There is another control setting under “Applications and Websites.” Go to Account > Privacy Settings. Under “Applications and Websites” on the bottom left of the Privacy Settings page, select “Edit your settings.”

Once there, select the “Edit Settings” button next to “Info accessible through your friends.” There is a checkbox on the bottom right that says “Places I check in to.” You may opt in or out.

Also, Lifehacker posted a really cool video on disabling Places here, and Mashable has a good article here.

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