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EPIC Asks FTC To Probe Facebook on E-mail Switch

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 28, 2012

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has sent a letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stating Facebook's recent e-mail change shows the company "still believes that it can override users' preferences without informing them or obtaining their consent," MediaPost reports. Facebook recently started displaying Facebook.com e-mail addresses within users' profiles rather than the e-mail addresses users had submitted. Although users may reverse the change, EPIC has asked the FTC to probe the company. "It is widely known that access to user e-mail provides additional opportunities for commercialization of data. And the collection of e-mail necessarily creates new security risks for users," EPIC wrote.
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