Privacy Settings on Myspace: What you need to know
At Myspace, we understand the importance of privacy and allowing you to control your information. Here's a quick overview of our simplified privacy settings to help you create a personalized environment.
What is What?
Your Basic Profile Information consists of your profile picture, your numerical friend ID, your vanity URL if you choose one, your stated location, your gender and age, your display name, and your real name (if you choose to display it). As always, this information is public, which means it is available to everyone and will be displayed in search results both on Myspace and on external search engines.
Your Profile Content includes sections with content you add yourself such as the About Me, Interests, Schools, and Companies sections. It also includes your stream, blogs, friends, comments, events, playlists, photo albums, and videos.
How the Privacy Setting Works
Only your Profile Content is affected by your profile privacy setting.
- The "Anyone" profile setting makes Profile Content available to anyone. This is the default for new users 18 and over.
- The "Only My Friends" profile setting makes Profile Content available only to people who are on your friends list. This is the default for new users under 18.
- The "Only my friends and anyone over 18" profile setting makes Profile Content available only to people who are on your friends list and anyone over the age of 18.
Age-Based Privacy Settings
- If you are 18 and over, you can choose to make your Profile Content available only to users 18 or over.
- If you are under 18, you can choose to make your Profile Content available only to your friends and other users under 18.
Individual Privacy Settings
Photo Albums, Videos, and Blogs have per item privacy settings that you can choose when you upload content and modify at anytime. So, if you want your Profile Content to be available to anyone, but want to limit specific photo albums, blogs, or videos to only your friends, you can do that. If you want to make an album, blog, or video viewable to more people than your profile privacy setting allows, you need to change your profile privacy setting to “Anyone.”
- Events and Playlists also have per item privacy settings. Even if you allow only your friends to view your Profile Content, you will still be able to make Events and Playlists available to Anyone.
- Stream Privacy (who can see your Stream) is controlled by your profile privacy setting. You can manage which items are included in your Stream in your My Published Activities.
- Photos there are 3 privacy options per album you create. The options available are Everyone, Friends Only, and Me Only.
Games & Applications
When you use a Myspace Game (app or game), your Basic Profile Information (excluding age and gender), your friends list and your friends' Basic Profile Information (excluding age and gender) is shared with that game. That game may then also have access to any Profile Content you have made available to "Anyone." Games use the shared information to provide you with a more personalized experience, for example, to allow you to invite friends to play a game with you. You may also be prompted with the option to share additional information with that game, depending on the functionality of the game.
Additionally, when a friend adds a game (even if you haven't added that game yourself), your Basic Profile Information (excluding age and gender) is shared with the game. Your Profile Content available to "Anyone" may also be shared with that game in order to provide a more engaging user experience for your friend. If you prefer not to share any of your information beyond Basic Profile Information with apps that you have not added yourself, you can choose to block all applications that you have not added.