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Myspace Agrees to FTC Settlement

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 8, 2012

Myspace has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges it misrepresented its protection of users' personal information. The settlement requires Myspace to implement a comprehensive privacy program and calls for privacy assessments for the next 20 years. It also requires that Myspace avoid future privacy misrepresentations. The company's privacy policy said it would not share users' personally identifiable information or use it for purposes other than stated without notice and user consent. But the FTC charged that Myspace provided some users’ Friend IDs, allowing advertisers to “use the Friend ID to locate a user’s Myspace profile to obtain personal information publicly available on the profile and, in most instances, the user’s full name.” Deceptive statements in the company’s privacy policy violated federal law, the FTC said.
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