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Privacy Groups File FTC Complaint Over Changes to Facebook

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posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 05:30 PM
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Privacy Groups File FTC Complaint Over Changes to Facebook


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Washington - A coalition of consumer and privacy advocates has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Facebook's recent changes to its privacy settings, arguing that consumers are now by default sharing more information publicly than they were before the switch. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), along with the Center for Digital Democracy, American Library Association and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, were party to the complaint, which argues that the "changes violate user expectations, diminish user privacy, and contradict Facebook's own represen
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posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 05:30 PM
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Ten privacy organizations filed a complaint against Facebook Inc. to the Federal Trade Commission Thursday, arguing that recent changes to the social-networking company's privacy policies and settings violate federal laws.

The complaint, spearheaded by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, was triggered by changes Facebook made in November and December. Those changes included recommending people set more of their information to be public rather than visible only to friends and treating new information, like a person's gender and lists of friends, as "publicly available information" that Facebook may share with software developers who build services for Facebook users.

The complaint asks the FTC to investigate the practices and to require Facebook to restore previous privacy settings that allowed people to choose whether to disclose personal information.

A Facebook spokesman saidit "discussed the privacy program with many regulators, including the FTC, prior to launch and expect to continue to work with them in the future."

The complaint is the latest sign of how privacy—or at least consumers' perceptions about it—remains a problem for Facebook.

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posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 06:03 PM
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the new facebook options for privacy are not mandatory changes, now.



posted on Dec, 19 2009 @ 03:29 AM
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Well kids, I happen to be happy knowing that I do not have a facebook account. You want to be secure? How about not posting your sexual preferences on the internet and hope that the internet can't see.



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