“The launch of Facebook Inc.’s ‘Places’ location service this week sparked new privacy concerns about the popular social network, but the company’s efforts to mollify critics before the launch stemmed some of the blowback.

‘Places’ is a feature that lets users share their physical locations with Facebook friends, but it also allows users to identify friends at those locations. By default, each Facebook member can be tagged at a location by friends until the member changes his or her account’s privacy settings.

Facebook, which changed its privacy controls following a torrent of criticism in May, defended the new feature and said it had consulted a dozen privacy and safety groups before it went live on Wednesday with ‘Places’.”

From The Wall Street Journal