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Privacy Advocates Differ on Merits of New Facebook Settings

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

May 28, 2010

Privacy advocates have had mixed reactions to Facebook's announcement that it is rolling out new, simplified privacy settings. CNET News reports that groups including the Center for Digital Democracy, PrivacyActivism.org and the U.S.-based Consumer Watchdog are not impressed with the changes, and many are calling for new government rules targeting such services. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACLU of Northern California, however, have had different reactions. The EFF has stated that although the changes do not address all of the group's concerns, "they are a great first step in what will hopefully be a more privacy-driven direction for Facebook," while the ACLU of Northern California suggests, "Facebook is finally friending privacy again."
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