Dec 172009
 
 December 17, 2009  Featured News, Online

Robert McMillan reports:

Ten privacy and consumer groups, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), filed a complaint Thursday with the U.S.Federal Trade Commission, saying that Facebook’s newly revamped privacy settings are deceptive and unfair.

Facebook unveiled the new privacy settings last week, saying that they were giving users more granular control over their settings, but critics immediately jumped on the fact that Facebook’s new default settings push information that may previously have been semi-private onto the Internet and they now give users no way to block their friends’ Facebook applications from accessing personal data.

“Facebook is engaging in unfair and deceptive acts and practices,” that are “likely to cause substantial injury to consumers,” says the complaint, which was posted to EPIC’s Web site Thursday.

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