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    Wall Street Journal: FTC Probing Facebook’s New Privacy Policy

    The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Trade Commission is looking into changes to social-networking site Facebook’s privacy policy:

    Regulators at the Federal Trade Commission are probing whether Facebook violated users’ privacy rights when it overhauled company policies two weeks ago.

    On August 29, the social network announced an update to the company privacy policy. In the update, the company stripped language that explicitly allowed users to limit how their names and profile pictures could be used for marketing. The new policy said that by signing up for Facebook, members — including minors — gave Facebook the right to use their personal data.

    The move sparked protests from some privacy advocates, who complained to the FTC that Facebook broke the terms of a 2011 court order. The order said that Facebook must get consent from users before making changes that override their privacy preferences. It also required that Facebook change its policies to more clearly explain to members how their data would be used. […]

    On Wednesday afternoon, FTC spokesman Peter Kaplan said that the agency had contacted Facebook after learning about the policy changes, and that the discussions were a routine part of monitoring the company’s compliance with the court order.

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