Does Facebook's Timeline Violate Its FTC Settlement?
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 07/01/2012 16:54
Facebook may be in hot water over privacy again. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a public interest group, has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate possible privacy violations in the new Facebook Timeline feature.
"Facebook is changing the privacy settings of its users in a way that gives the company far greater ability to disclose their personal information than in the past," the group wrote. "With Timeline, Facebook has once again taken control over the user's data from the user, and now made information that was essentially archived and inaccessible widely available without the consent of the user."
EPIC Submits Comments on FTC Facebook Privacy Settlement
EPIC submitted comments to the FTC on a proposed settlement with Facebook. The settlement follows from complaints filed by EPIC and other consumer and privacy organizations in 2009 and 2010 over Facebook's decision to change its users' privacy settings in a way that made users' personal information more widely available to the public and to Facebook's business partners.
The settlement bars Facebook from changing privacy settings without the affirmative consent of users or misrepresenting the privacy or security of users' personal information. However, EPIC said that the settlement is "insufficient to address the concerns originally identified by EPIC and the consumer coalition, as well as those findings established by the Commission."