Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Twitter Introduces Stickers
Google To Face New Antitrust Charges In Europe
HP expands Chromebook Lineup With Touch
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Specs Show 64GB Onboard - Google-branded Phone In the Works?
MediaTek Launches Linato-compatible Helio X20 Development Board For Android Developers
Qualcomm Announces 5G NR sub-6 GHz System and Trial Platform
Samsung Trademarks The 'Ahead' Communication Device
Intel Could Sell Cyber-Security Unit
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
 Home > News > General Computing > Faceboo...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Facebook Settles FTC Charges


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.

FTC said that 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.

The FTC's eight-count complaint against Facebook claims that Facebook made were unfair and deceptive, and violated federal law.

"Facebook is obligated to keep the promises about privacy that it makes to its hundreds of millions of users," said Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC. "Facebook's innovation does not have to come at the expense of consumer privacy. The FTC action will ensure it will not."

The FTC complaint lists a number of instances in which Facebook allegedly made promises that it did not keep:

For example, in December 2009, Facebook changed its website so certain information that users may have designated as private - such as their Friends List - was made public. They didn't warn users that this change was coming, or get their approval in advance.

Facebook also represented that third-party apps that users' installed would have access only to user information that they needed to operate. In fact, the apps could access nearly all of users' personal data ? data the apps didn't need.

Facebook also told users they could restrict sharing of data to limited audiences ? for example with "Friends Only." In fact, selecting "Friends Only" did not prevent their information from being shared with third-party applications their friends used.

Last but not least, Facebook claimed that when users deactivated or deleted their accounts, their photos and videos would be inaccessible. But Facebook allowed access to the content, even after users had deactivated or deleted their accounts.

The proposed settlement bars Facebook from making any further deceptive privacy claims, requires that the company get consumers' approval before it changes the way it shares their data, and requires that it obtain periodic assessments of its privacy practices by independent, third-party auditors for the next 20 years.

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; andrequired, 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.

The proposed order also contains standard record-keeping provisions to allow the FTC to monitor compliance with its order.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and chief executive, said in a blog entry on Tuesday that he is "committed to making Facebook the leader in transparency and control around privacy."

He said the company is creating two new corporate privacy officers.


Previous
Next
Microsoft Cloud Services Get Service Updates        All News        Printers Are Open To Hack Attack, Researchers Say
Microsoft Cloud Services Get Service Updates     General Computing News      Google Maps Goes Indoors

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Facebook To Add Media Content, Celebrity News For Live Srervice: WSJ
Facebook App Arrives on Windows 10
Facebook Messenger Makes It Easier to Start Conversations
Facebook Forces Users Install The Moments app
Facebook Now Supports 360-degree Photos
Facebook: We Don't Listen To Your Calls To Offer Targetted Ads
Facebook Publishers To Show Ads To Everyone
Microsoft and Facebook To Link America With Europe Through 6,600 km Long Cable
Facebook Changes Policies On 'Trending Topics'
Facebook Clarifies How Trending Topics Work
Facebook Accused Of Censoring 'trending' Topics
FCC And FTC Launch Inquiry into Mobile Device Security

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2016 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .