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What Does Facebook's IPO Mean for User Privacy?

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May 17, 2012

CNET News reports on what going public means for the privacy of Facebook's users. The Center for Democracy & Technology's Justin Brookman said the company's focus on revenue leaves user privacy uncertain. The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California's Chris Conley said, "The fact that they're going public and going to be a public company could enforce trust," or they risk losing revenue. Sarah A. Downey, an online privacy analyst at Abine, says users' expectations have changed. "The assumption in 2004 was that people wanted to be private and would set things to public," she said. "Now, Facebook assumes that all activity will be public."
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