Friday, December 2, 2011

Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook has made many mistakes and promises to improve

The U.S. regulatory consumer protection announced it has reached an agreement with the social network Facebook to keep its promises of privacy on the information of its users.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state agency responsible for consumer protection, had accused Facebook of falsely assure its users that can keep private the information you share with your contacts "Facebook is obligated to maintain the privacy promises made its hundreds of millions of users, "he said in a statement FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz.

The agreement requires Facebook announced that clearly report their users about the privacy options and ask for their consent in a clear if you are changing the way we share that information. In addition, Facebook will have to specifically notify the results will change in the privacy settings, require specific authorization and avoid confusion. Also, Facebook should be subjected to external audits to certify that a program maintains privacy and commit to block access to content when the user has been discharged from the service. The statement recalled that some of the promises of Facebook were "misleading, unfair and violated federal law" and presents seven examples in which privacy options social network did not match the access restrictions applied finally. Among them, mentions that in December 2009 changed his Facebook page so that information users could be considered private, such as your friends list became public. He also promised not to share personal information with advertisers, but he did, according to the FTC lists. In a commentary on the company blog , the president of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg , the company has acknowledged mistakes and that has left second plane the positive contributions of the social network. Also remember that the company has already made ​​many changes which calls for the FTC in this agreement. For his part, Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the congressional subcommittee in charge of Internet issues, held that the FTC has failed to protect the consumer rights in an environment increasingly complex technology.


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