Privacy groups tell the Federal Trade Commission and Congress that the social network is violating consumer protection laws.
posted on InformationWeek by Alison Diana
May 7, 2010 10:49 AM
The move came on the same day that Facebook temporarily shut down its chat feature after finding a security hole that enabled users see friends’ private instant messages.This latest salvo against Facebook’s privacy procedures claims that changes to user profile information and the subsequent disclosure of user data to other parties without users’ consent “violate user expectations, diminish user privacy, and contradict Facebook’s own representations,” said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of complainant Electronic Privacy Information Center, in a statement.
The complaint asks the FTC to scrutinize Facebook’s privacy processes and to order the social networking site to better protect users’ information and communications against security breaches. In part, the move came about because of Facebook’s recent rollout of a feature that lets users tell members of their network about products and Web sites they like.
“Facebook now discloses personal information to the public that Facebook users previously restricted,” according to EPIC.
“Previously, users had the ability to determine what information they chose to share and what information they wanted to keep private,” Schumer said in a statement.