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FTC Slaps Facebook’s Hand Over Privacy Deception

From Threat Level at Wired.com:

Facebook is settling government charges it deceived users that their information would be kept private, although it was repeatedly shared with the public, the Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday.

The deal, which carries no financial penalties, demands that the social-networking site obtain express consent of their 850 million users before their information is shared beyond the privacy settings they have established.

Looks like the feds (who are enthusiastic beneficiaries of Facebook’s data sharing) are covering their derrieres, and maybe making future arrangements (the deal). As Captain Renault said, I’m shocked, shocked!

Have fun on Facebook. Just sayin’.


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