Privacy Group Files FTC Complaint About Facebook

Facebook changes irk privacy group

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The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), along with nine other privacy and consumer organizations, has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charging that Facebook’s recent changes to user privacy settings violate federal consumer protection law.

The EPIC complaint wants the FTC to open an investigation into the changes made by Facebook to the privacy setting of its users and require the social network to restore privacy safeguards.

Marc-Rotenberg "This is the most significant case now before the Federal Trade Commission," said Marc Rotenberg, EPIC Executive Director.

"More than 100 million people in the United States subscribe to the Facebook service. The company should not be allowed to turn down the privacy dial on son many American consumers.

According to the EPIC complaint, far more user information became publicly available as a result of this change. EPIC also said that more personal information will become available to third party application developers as a result of the changes to the privacy settings.

Among the organizations supporting the EPIC complaint are the American Library Association, the Center for Digital Democracy, the Consumer Federation of America, FoolProof Financial Education, Patent Privacy Rights, Privacy Activism, the Privacy Rights now Coalition, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and the U.S. Bill of Rights Foundation.

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Privacy Group Files FTC Complaint About Facebook
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  • Guest

    Uhhh…Terrible article – the author should have taken the time research this a bit and actually explain what changes were – that’s how you report news and information…

  • Guest

    I agree that the article should have outlined some of those changes. Here is the recent release by facebook on the changes http://www.facebook.com/press/releases.php?p=133917
    To me it looks like facebook will be allowing users to have more control over their privacy. “This feature will enable people to easily select a privacy setting for every post they make at the time they create it. For example, a person may want to share some posts with everyone, such as her opinion on a new movie. Other times, that same person may want to share more personal updates like her new phone number or a photo of her children with a narrower community, such as her Friends or members of Friend Lists she has created. By making selections in a drop-down menu, users can easily tailor their posts to specified audiences.”

  • Guest

    I am quite upset that after going to great lengths and thought to separate my church friends from my work friends from my social friends that suddenly I have no control over this and now all my friends are lumped together and visible to everyone. And I can do nothing to change this?

    Not good Facebook. Well, I have locked it all down until it resolves, just the opposite that FB wants.

    There is no excuse. I need that control to function and not have conflicts of interest arise.

    So, I am waiting until it is changed back or I will have to forget the whole thing, or have three sites? Too much trouble. Not sure what I will do but the present status doesn’t work at all for me.

    A borderline almost ex-facebooker

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