Groups claim Facebook's new policy threatens user privacy, asking FTC to step in
By Justin Kahn
On September 6, 2013, 4:30 PM
Facebook is running into to some trouble with about a half a dozen different privacy groups regarding some changes the massive social networking site is trying to make to some of its most important user privacy documents.
Last week Facebook proposed changes to be made to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities documents. The changes included what appears to be alterations made to what information the site uses for advertisements, among other things.
The privacy groups, including Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog, Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, have now sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking them to take action against Facebook's proposed changes. The groups claim that the new amendments infringe on user privacy and could be in violation with a settlement made between Facebook and the FTC back in 2011.
That settlement stated that Facebook must have user permission before accessing and sharing personal data beyond what the regulations set out in its legal guidelines. The privacy groups say the new changes go against this ruling and harken back to the infamous Facebook Beacon advertising initiative. Now shutdown, the Beacon program led to a $9.5 million settlement in favor of users who said Facebook didn't properly notify them regarding the use of outside data for advertising.
“The proposed changes are broad enough to allow Facebook to resurrect programs similar to Beacon, a program that just about everyone including Facebook agreed was wrong and was subsequently shut down,” the privacy groups said.
Also an issue with the privacy groups, Facebook's new proposed policy changes the way the company handles younger users' personal data as well. Facebook has added language stating that anyone under 18 needs parental consent to join, which according to the groups, essentially means that the company can access and share the per
facebook's secretly taking advantage of users/members is much bigger issue,
we only scratched the bear surface. When the general public know more,
they will all have questions and demand a 'cleaning up all my data' option when decide to cancel account.
do you know how many internal applications run through your profile and data every day without your
The number of human rights defender groups to step in here will be substantial, and ultimately the US Department of Justice may sue Facebook for violation of the fourth amendment of the constitution. The business model of FB is simply not legal. Trouble and expenses accumulating for FB that may eventually seek exile in Russia and Iran.
Yes hell is just about to break loose, FB just lost US$ 20 million in a lawsuit in little New Zealand with 4.4 million inhabitants on that topic. Since FB was sued in NZ the abuse has increased dramatically worldwide. Layers will get rich here, but FB wont and may go bankrupt, or may survive only in Russia and Muslim countries where abuse of human rights are highly appreciated.