Facebook Privacy for your Nonprofit’s Constituents
What is Facebook's Graph Search and how does it affect privacy?
Facebook rolled out its Graph Search
feature this month and expanded the scope for social connectivity by providing a user with the flexibility of searching on Facebook using a variety of phrases such as the ones in the screenshot below.
In a previous post, we outlined a few steps that you could take to Optimize your Facebook Page for Graph Search
. However, this exciting development has brought with it a whole host of privacy issues.
Most of the privacy issues apply to individual Facebook users who might want to limit the audience with whom they share their Facebook activity. For organizations such as nonprofits, Facebook is one of the primary ways of creating awareness for their cause
. The main idea behind having a Facebook page is to create visibility so it would not make much sense for nonprofits to restrict their Facebook activity. Thus, it stands to reason that the privacy issue may not be much of a headache for nonprofits.
But wait, what about your nonprofit's constituents and staff
which could include the following two points to ensure that you are not breaching an individual’s right to privacy
1. Make sure that you take a user’s permission before posting or tagging any photo
of them that will be visible publicly. Facebook does offer the option for individual users to be notified of a tag and whether they want to accept or reject it. However, not all users enable this feature so it would be wise to take users’ consent before posting any information about them.
2. Outline your nonprofit’s policy of ‘friending’ your constituents
, that is, do you want to allow your staff to ‘friend’ your constituents on their personal Facebook profiles? Would that create a conflict of interest? An article by Idealware
talks about how a certain nonprofit had a social media policy of not allowing its staff to friend any of its constituents on Facebook to avoid a breach of privacy.
Do you have additional ways of ensuring your constituents’ privacy? Share them with us!