John G. Haley | Bloomberg LawIn the Matter of Facebook, Inc., FTC File No. 092 3184 (Nov. 29, 2011) Facebook, the social networking site with 750 million users, settled with the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") over charges that it collected, used and granted access to its users' personal information in contravention of its own privacy policies and representations it made about its information practices. The FTC charged that these actions constituted deceptive trade practices in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act ("FTC Act.") 15 U.S.C. § 45(a)(1). The law makes it illegal to engage in unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce. Facebook entered in an agreement containing a consent order ("Agreement") but did concede any violations of the law or that the facts alleged by the FTC were true.
FTC Complaints About Facebook's Privacy Practices
a user's choice to restrict profile information to "Only Friends" or "Friends of Friends" would be ineffective as to certain third parties. Despite this fact, in many instances, Facebook has made profile information that a user chose to restrict to "Only Friends" or "Friends of Friends" accessible to any Platform Applications that the user’s Friends have used.
Facebook is introducing the Application Verification program which is designed to offer extra assurances to help users identify applications they can trust -- applications that are secure, respectful and transparent, and have demonstrated commitment to compliance with Platform policies.
Applications that choose to participate in Facebook’s Application Verification Program receive a green check mark when they pass Facebook’s detailed review process. The review process is designed to ensure that the application complies with Facebook policies. In addition, Verified applications have committed to be transparent about how they work and will respect you and your friends when they send communication on your behalf.
FTC Settle Agreement With Facebook
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