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Confusion Over Facebook Wall Posts Leads to Privacy Scare

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September 25, 2012

Facebook representatives have said yesterday’s reports that private messages were appearing on users’ timelines were false, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to Facebook, “A small number of users raised concerns after what they mistakenly believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline,” adding that an investigation revealed “that the messages were older wall posts that had always been visible on the users’ profile pages.” In response, France’s data protection authority—the CNIL—has been asked to investigate the issue. Meanwhile, the Electronic Privacy Information Center plans to ask the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the new Facebook-Datalogix deal and whether it contravenes a recent settlement. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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