Facebook Criticized Over Privacy Policy Changes

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (3 years, 1 month ago)

Six privacy groups have banded together this week to call for a ban on the proposed changes to Facebook’s privacy policies. The groups are calling on the US Federal Trade Commission to disallow the changes which they say are in violation to a 2011 privacy settlement.

The six organizations, which include the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy, voiced their complaints to the FTC on Wednesday regarding the changes in Facebook’s privacy policy. In their letter to the FTC, these six organizations outlined how Facebook’s changes would apparently allow the social media giant to use names, profile pictures and content generated by users for whatever advertising purposes they wished to without consent.

The new privacy policy will not only allow Facebook to use its users details for whatever advertising purposes it likes, but it will allow Facebook to profit from its user’s information without offering them any compensation. The change to the privacy policy quickly follows the $20 million settlement for a class-action lawsuit against Facebook’s “sponsored stories” advertising program.

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