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Privacy Groups Would Benefit from Facebook Settlement

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 13, 2012

Wired reports on reactions to a controversial Facebook settlement over its “Sponsored Stories” feature that would see a $10 million payout in total to various privacy and consumer groups. While some groups support it, others  say the settlement “does little for the privacy rights of Facebook’s 850 million users,” the report states. Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy says the settlement won’t be effective. “The proposed changes to the privacy agreement don’t serve the class,” he said. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society would all receive some of the settlement payout.
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