Ten Privacy Organizations File Complaint with Facebook

FacebookPrivacyBRAD STONE writes on the NY Times’ Bits Blog:

In a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, a privacy organization is charging that Facebook’s recent changes to its privacy policies constitute “unfair and deceptive trade practices.”

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or E.P.I.C., says that Facebook’s recent changes “violate user expectations, diminish user privacy, and contradict Facebook’s own representations.”

I wrote about those changes last week. The most controversial among them is that a Facebook user’s photo, gender, geographic region, the pages they are a fan of and their lists of friends are now open and available to the entire Web public. Facebook made these changes partly to make individual users more findable among the massive haystack of 350 million users.

Ten other privacy organizations signed the complaint, including the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the American Library Association and the Consumer Federation of America. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner in Canada has also been looking into Facebook’s privacy guidelines.

Read More: NY Times’ Bits Blog

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  • Anonymous

    If you're that concerned about your privacy, you shouldn't list yourself on a social networking site, period. This is a frivolous complaint and a non-story.

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