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FTC Investigating Facebook Policy Changes

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

September 12, 2013

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has initiated an investigation of Facebook’s recently altered privacy policy to assess whether it violated a 2011 consent order with the agency, The New York Times reports. Under the 2011 agreement, Facebook must gain explicit consent from users prior to exposing their information to new audiences. An FTC spokesman said, “Facebook never sought out a discussion with us beforehand about these proposed changes.” A Facebook spokeswoman said, “We routinely discuss policy updates with the FTC, and this time is no different,” adding, “Our updated policies do not grant Facebook any additional rights to use consumer information in advertising … the new polices further clarify and explain our existing practices.” Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) has sent a letter to the FTC raising concerns about the changes. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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