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Facebook Gets Spanked by the FTC

Posted on Nov 29, 2011
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As you may recall, a couple of years ago Facebook was caught making users’ personal information public without advance warning, suggesting a cavalier attitude toward the issue of privacy, putting it generously. Well, the Federal Trade Commission also treated the social networking giant generously, it turns out, as Tuesday brought word that Facebook was reprimanded by the FTC but managed to settle without dipping into its copious coffers. Founder Mark Zuckerberg expressed his contrition through a familiar medium after the ruling.  —KA

AP via The New York Times:

The FTC said the settlement requires Facebook to get people’s approval before changing how it shares their data.

In a blog post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company has made a “bunch of mistakes.” But he adds that this has often overshadowed the good work Facebook has done. He says Facebook has addressed many of the FTC’s concerns already.

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By Victor Stanescu, December 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment
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Too mild spanking smile
This is a very small victory in the outgoing war of
keeping our online data secure.
I would have preffered to see a large and heavy fine
applied to Facebook for all of their “accidents” on

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By Payson, November 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment

Here is a thought:  Don’t use Facebook.

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By Outraged, November 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

This is another example of rampant corruption and
collusion between our government and business or
monied interests. Isn’t this identical to the
SEC/Citigroup arrangements.  Bullshit.

A class action lawsuit needs to be brought. Do you
think our Conservative Supremes (should it go that
far) will be able to invent some reason why these
people are not “a single class” as a group as they
did in the Walmart case?

Let’s see them contort their way out of this one.

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By gerard, November 29, 2011 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment

May these two brand new privacy officials have public phone numbers.

And may their lines connect to real people when their phones ring.


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