Saturday, December 19, 2009

Privacy Groups Take Facebook Quarrel to the Feds

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, key privacy group, has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission arguing that the privacy changes Facebook made a little more than a week ago were unfair and deceptive.

"We think this is the most important matter now before the FTC, and the reason is that Facebook has more than 100 million subscribers in the United States," Marc Rotenberg, EPIC's executive director, told the E-Commerce Times.

This is the latest development in a backlash against the social network that appears to be gaining momentum.

When Facebook implemented its privacy overhaul, it probably expected to encounter some resistance. After all, it was taking the unprecedented step of requiring 350 million or so users worldwide to review and update their privacy settings.

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