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Reps, Groups Call for FTC Investigation

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S. & AUSTRALIA

October 3, 2011

USA Today reports that 10 consumer and privacy groups and two U.S. representatives have called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Facebook's new sharing mechanisms. Groups including the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) want the FTC to investigate Facebook's new features including Timeline, which automates user sharing processes and, according to an ACLU spokesman, taps "deeper into user data amassed by the company," the report states. Meanwhile, Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim says he will not investigate the site following an unrelated privacy matter.
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