Facebook Privacy Issues and the Federal Trade Commission

As an update to the recent blog article on Facebook Control & Privacy is on the Verge of Extinction, please see Claire Miller’s New York times article regarding the nearing of a settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and Facebook regarding an audit of Facebook’s privacy practices.

F.T.C. Said to Be Near Facebook Privacy Deal

Published: November 10, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are nearing a settlement over deceptive practices related to several Facebook features, including its privacy settings, according to two people briefed on the settlement.

Under the agreement, Facebook would agree to privacy audits for 20 years, one of the people said. It would also prohibit Facebook from making public a piece of information that a user had originally shared privately on the site without express permission, the person said. The individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because the F.T.C. commissioners have not yet approved the settlement.  Click here for complete article …

2 replies
  1. Faye F.
    Faye F. says:

    I’m glad to read that some agency or group of privacy specialists are keeping an eye on Facebook unfair practices. I feel they are taking advantage of an average user ignorance about how this intricate system works to further the development of their website. I had no idea that Facebook signed its members up for various things without asking for consent first. Thank you Hayley for bringing that up to our attention. Great work!


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