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Facebook settles FTC charges that it deceived consumers about privacy

     
6:55 pm on Nov 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Facebook Settles FTC Charges That It Deceived Consumers By Failing To Keep Privacy Promises
Federal Trade Commission
For release 11/29/11

[ftc.gov...]

The social networking service Facebook has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public. The proposed settlement requires Facebook to take several steps to make sure it lives up to its promises in the future, including giving consumers clear and prominent notice and obtaining consumers' express consent before their information is shared beyond the privacy settings they have established.

Comment by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, on the Facebook Blog...

Our Commitment to the Facebook Community
[blog.facebook.com...]

I'm the first to admit that we've made a bunch of mistakes....

...I also understand that many people are just naturally skeptical of what it means for hundreds of millions of people to share so much personal information online, especially using any one service. Even if our record on privacy were perfect, I think many people would still rightfully question how their information was protected. It's important for people to think about this, and not one day goes by when I don't think about what it means for us to be the stewards of this community and their trust.....
10:54 pm on Nov 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The little rich billionaire knew exactly what they were doing. "stewards of this community and their trust" please get me on a hill sh-- getting real deep.
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FB will be reminded bi-annually... for the next 20 years as their privacy compliance is audited.
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Right, bwnbwn. "Trust me. I'm a good steward." (a.k.a., "Don't be evil.") ...on knees, hands raised, "yes, brother, I believe!"
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Yup, he knew exactly what he was doing.
Nice to be a billionaire on a stolen idea and get away with giving out private information to any app that wanted it.
5:42 am on Nov 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Other headlines are proclaiming that FB must make future privacy changes opt-in...but there are already huge holes in the structure of this deal that will probably allow FB to continue on in the same way without changing much of anything.
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Well now what would you say about Googles Social Network +1
attitude on this, seeing as they allready have everybodys data already.



I am not a keen user on Social Networking
but as a webmaster I see its utilities

seems to me that +1 has more potential as they stick the little button right there in the serps
to get comments on a site

F Book can't do that ..
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Yep, seen first hand how apps have got way too much information, not sure if Facebook volunteered it or if it was crowbar'd out.

Im always checking what the audience is when posting now. I'm likely the new custom friends