Beware of “Friends of Friends”

Beware of "Friends of Friends", a new feature coming to Xbox 360 with the Fall 2007 dashboard update on December 04.

"You’ll be able to check out the friends lists of fellow Xbox LIVE members right from the Dashboard."

The default settings – which can be changed on this page and later on from within the dashboard – are:

  • "Everyone" for adults
  • "Friends only" for teens (13-17)
  • "Blocked" (private) for children (under 13)

I personally don’t like when default settings are exposing me to the public. It’s a matter of principle. Personal information of any kind should always be treated private at first, and then the user can decide if and how much will be published.


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