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Facebook: Participation in FTC Privacy Guidelines Should Be Voluntary

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 29, 2010

In the wake of calls for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to create new online privacy rules and the FTC's announcement that it is developing guidelines on Internet privacy, the world's largest social networking service has indicated support for a framework based on voluntary participation, The Washington Post reports. "We are in an environment where innovation is constant," said Facebook Vice President of Communications Elliot Schrage of the company's support for privacy guidelines with a voluntary structure, "and we think it's a bad idea to have a framework that retards innovation." Privacy advocates, meanwhile, are pushing for stronger FTC guidelines for how such sites handle customer data and share personal information with third-party advertisers. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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