Facebook Settles FTC Claims Of User Privacy Deception

Law360, New York (November 29, 2011, 5:06 PM EST) -- Facebook Inc. on Tuesday settled claims by the Federal Trade Commission that the social networking giant lied to users about the security and privacy of personal information.

The FTC accused Facebook in a complaint filed the same day of deceiving its users, which now number 750 million worldwide, about the privacy of their personal data, including names, birthdays, location, friends and sexual orientation. Among other things, the commission especially took issue with privacy changes Facebook made in December 2009 that overrode users' privacy settings with no...
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