Friday, January 18, 2013

US FTC Federal Trade Commission Should Step In To Put Controls on Facebook Violations of Privacy Rights via Facebook Graph Search

It was not so long ago that Google was hit hard in terms of privacy controls by the USA's FTC (Federal Trade Commission) because of "deceptive tactics [that] violated its own privacy promises to consumers" as regarded the launch of Google Buzz. Josh Halliday had the story at the Guardian in Google agrees to privacy reviews to settle Buzz complaint.

We see no difference to the massive invasion of privacy that Facebook is now planning via its announced Facebook Graph Search, where private contacts are being used to build up the commercial interests of Facebook and where privacy is clearly being violated. Indeed, we are wondering why the FTC has not long ago been putting far stricter controls on Facebook because of its deceptive and misleading privacy opt-ins and opt-outs which leave users baffled as to what strangers are able to see and what not.

TIME TO STEP IN, FTC!


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