The New Facebook: How to Protect Your Privacy Two ways to keep your data to yourself By Emily Rauhala, Newser User Posted Apr 23, 2010 8:55 AM CDT 7 comments Comments Mark Zuckerberg's 'connections.' (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Newser) – The wily folks at Facebook have made more changes. Now, to protect your privacy, you've got to change, too. Here, courtesy of Ryan Tate at Valleywag, are two ways to keep your profile under wraps without sacrificing too much functionality: Cut Your 'Connections' Facebook will now convert data on your city, hometown, interests, and education into pages representing those groups. To keep your interest in pot legalization to yourself, Tate writes, you must opt out of 'connections.' Click here to read the step-by-step guide. Ax Your Applications The site recently changed its restrictions on releasing data to developers. Partners can now "hoard" Facebook data, Tate says. The best way to ensure your personal information doesn't get into the wrong hands it to cut back on —or completely ax—applications. Click here to see the full guide.