EPIC Asks FTC To Investigate “Timeline”
SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.January 9, 2012
Forbes reports on concerns from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) that Facebook's "Timeline" redesign could violate the social network's recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). EPIC is asking the FTC to investigate, questioning if "reducing 'privacy through obscurity' is a privacy violation," the report states. In its letter to the FTC, EPIC writes, "Facebook has once again taken control over the user's data...and has now made information that was essentially archived and inaccessible widely available without the consent of the user." Facebook, meanwhile, has stated that Timeline "doesn't change the privacy of any content" and offers simplified controls for sharing information.