FTC Comes Down on Facebook Over Privacy Issues

The Federal Trade Commission has officially laid down their terms for Facebook, and through December 30th the public can make their own thoughts be known as to whether the foreset guidelines are up to standard. The FTC will publish Facebook’s consent agreement package in the Federal Register for all who want to comment. The commission will then decide to make the proposed consent order final or not.

In the FTC’s November 29th release, Facebook Settles FTC Charges That It Deceived Consumers By Failing To Keep Privacy Promises, they list seven specific instances in which Facebook has allegedly made promises they did not keep. Additionally, they provide a list of proposed settlements for Facebook. If you’re interested, you can read them below:

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
  • 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.

Do you agree with the settlement? Is it too harsh, too lenient? Also, will you be leaving a comment for the FTC to review?









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