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Social Network Facebook Settles FTC Charges Paul Sakuma / AP Photos

Facebook Settles FTC Charges

Does this mean no more surprise changes to your privacy settings? Facebook has agreed to a settlement with the FTC over charges that it deceived users about privacy. The eight-count complaint accused Facebook of changing privacy practices without notifying users, sharing users’ information without their consent, and claiming to check the security of third-party applications when in fact it did not, among other charges. As part of the settlement, Facebook promises to stop making “deceptive privacy claims” and get users’ permission before changing the way it shares their information. The social-media company must also submit to privacy audits for 20 years. Founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote a blog post reiterating his dedication to privacy while admitting that “we've made a bunch of mistakes.”

November 29, 2011 1:50 PM