Facebook under privacy watch of FTC

Posted on Thursday, December 1st 2011 at 12:36 p.m.

According to NetworkWorld, Facebook has settled with the FTC over privacy deception violations .  Facebook was charged with deceiving their customers and stating they could have their information be as private as they wanted it to be, when in reality it wasn’t private at all.  To this Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook replied, “We’ve made a bunch of mistakes”.  No kidding Mark… I can’t go a week in Facebook without knowing whether or not a privacy change has been made that gives away more of my information to whoever wants it.

To read the whole formal FTC complaint click here .  Read on to see the settlement.

Specifically, under the proposed settlement, Facebook is:

  • barred from making misrepresentations about the privacy or security of consumers’ personal information;
  • required to obtain consumers’ affirmative express consent before enacting changes that override their privacy preferences;
  • required to prevent anyone from accessing a user’s material more than 30 days after the user has deleted his or her account;
  • required to establish and maintain a comprehensive privacy program designed to address privacy risks associated with the development and management of new and existing products and services, and to protect the privacy and confidentiality of consumers’ information; and
  • required, within 180 days, and every two years after that for the next 20 years, to obtain independent, third-party audits certifying that it has a privacy program in place that meets or exceeds the requirements of the FTC order, and to ensure that the privacy of consumers’ information is protected.
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