Staying Private on the New Facebook + Raytheon's Riot program

Facebook is a personal vault that can contain photos of your firstborn, plans to bring down your government and, occasionally, a record of your indiscretions. It can be scoured by police officers, partners and would-be employers. It can be mined by marketers to show tailored advertisements.

And now, with Facebook’s newfangled search tool, it can allow strangers, along with “friends” on Facebook, to discover who you are, what you like and where you go.

Facebook insists it is up to you to decide how much you want others to see. And that is true, to some extent. But you cannot entirely opt out of Facebook searches. Facebook, however, does let you fine-tune who can see your “likes” and pictures, and, to a lesser extent, how much of yourself to expose to marketers.
READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/technology/personaltech/protecting-you...
SEE ALSO: Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm: Raytheon's Riot program mines social network data like a 'Google for spies', drawing ire from civil rights groups http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/10/software-tracks-social-media...