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At least 238,000 people could view Cincinnati resident and dismissed jury pool member Barry Price’s Facebook page, because his privacy settings likely said that his profile could be viewed by “My Network and Friends.” One of his networks was Cincinnati, Ohio which has a population of over 364,000 people. According to the court affidavit, over half of them are Facebook members.
If you use Facebook for both professional and social purposes, and do not want thousands (or possibly even hundreds of thousands) of people you do not know seeing all or part of your profile information, the most prudent privacy setting is “Only Friends” in all visible categories, including your profile; basic, personal, work and educational information; photos tagged of you; and status updates. Under “Settings” at the top of your Facebook home page, select “Privacy Settings”, then “Profile” and then choose who can view specific sections of your profile.
If you join a Facebook network, such as your city, college or employer, check your privacy settings each time you join a new network to make sure that your privacy settings were not automatically changed to allow all members of a network to view your profile.
I recommend checking your Facebook privacy settings right now! I just did.