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9/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Half a dozen privacy groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to stop Facebook from enacting changes to two of its governing documents. Facebook proposed updates to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities last week, including language it said would clarify what information on the site it uses for advertisements. But...
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9/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Try not to die of shock, but Facebook is in hot water over privacy concerns again. On Wednesday, six privacy groups sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission insisting that new language Facebook wants to add to its privacy policy violate an agreement the FTC and Facebook reached in 2011. The groups allege that the proposed revisions would...
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9/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of six major consumer privacy groups has asked the Federal Trade Commission to block coming changes to Facebook’s privacy policies that they say would make it easier for the social network to use personal data about its users, including children under 18, in advertising on the site. In a letter sent to the agency late Wednesday...
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9/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook said the proposed changes do not reflect a change in its ad practices or policies Six privacy groups have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to strike down proposed changes to Facebook's policies, as they violate a 2011 settlement with the agency over user privacy. "The changes will allow Facebook to routinely use the images...
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9/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Six privacy advocacy groups have urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block Facebook's proposed changes to its privacy policy. The changes, which are set to go into effect in the coming days, would clarify that Facebook has the right to include users' photos, names and other personal information in advertisements to their friends....
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9/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook's proposed changes spell out use of users' data in ads Facebook is in the privacy crosshairs again, this time over proposed changes to its data-use policy. Charging that the changes violate Facebook's 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission, a group of privacy and consumer organizations are calling on the agency...
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9/4/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail, but consumer advocates claim it is an invasion of privacy.
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9/2/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Data services company Acxiom will launch AboutTheData.com “overnight,” a website that allows consumers to access their personal data and edit inaccurate entries. This is in line with frequent requests made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has been asking so-called data brokers for more transparency. In a March 2012 FTC...
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6/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
From the there-oughtta-be-a-law department comes a proposal by a Federal Trade Commissioner, no less, to require big companies to pull back the curtains on their Big Data activities. Consumers should be able to exercise some control over their own data, argued Commissioner Julie Brill. The idea may be laudable, but implementation would likely be...
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6/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Not so fast, Google. The United States government has launched an inquiry into Google’s $1 billion purchase of Waze, a popular mobile mapping and traffic application, according to multiple reports, in the latest regulatory headache for the Silicon Valley tech titan. The Federal Trade Commission’s inquiry, which is still in a...