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Brill Discusses FTC Privacy Efforts

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 13, 2012

In a recent talk at Stanford Law School, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill discussed the commission's increasing involvement in online privacy--specifically the actions taken against Facebook, Google and Twitter and recent calls for sites to implement do-not-track features, reports The Stanford Daily. Brill calls the Facebook and Google settlements significant because, "for the first time, we are calling on companies...by order of us (the FTC), to institute a comprehensive privacy policy." Highlighting the settlement with Facebook, Brill noted that in the commission's eyes, "simply having something down somewhere in a very complicated document...will not absolve a company of potential problems" if consumers find their personal information used in unexpected ways.
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