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Facebook Privacy Changes, "Places" Feature Raise Concerns

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March 29, 2010

Facebook's announcement of changes to its privacy policy--including amendments permitting the site to share data with "pre-approved" third-party Web sites--and plans to add a new "places" feature to allow users to add their locations to their pages--are raising privacy concerns. The Financial Times reports that the privacy policy changes would allow sites to receive Facebook user information, including "names, profile pictures, gender, user IDs, connections and any content shared using the Everyone privacy setting," and potentially retain that information "to the extent permitted" under the third-party sites' policies. Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said Facebook is "pushing the envelope," and EPIC is considering bringing a new complaint before the Federal Trade Commission. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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