Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Facebook reaches settlement with FTC on privacy alleged breaches

As reported in the Wall Street Journal: 
The settlement stems in part from changes Facebook made to its privacy settings in December 2009 to make aspects of users’ profiles—such as name, picture, city, gender, and friends list—public by default. The FTC said Facebook didn’t warn users the change was coming or obtain their approval.
Among the other charges, the FTC said Facebook promised users it wouldn’t share their personal information with advertisers, but did so anyway. The agency also said Facebook shared much of its users’ data with third-party applications, despite its representation that such data-sharing would be limited.
In a blog post on Facebook, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the company made a “small number of high profile mistakes.”



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