Facebook Punished for Privacy Shortcomings

March 2012
Information Management Journal;Mar/Apr2012, Vol. 46 Issue 2, p20
The article reports that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a settlement that requires social networking site Facebook to undergo independent privacy audits every two years for the next 20 years. Facebook has been accused by the FTC of engaging in unfair and deceptive practices related to how it handled users' sensitive information in December 2009. The FTC has ordered Facebook to obtain its users' affirmative express consent before it can override their own privacy settings.


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