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The Facebook/FTC Settlement Proposal: What's New, What's Not

The Facebook/FTC Settlement Proposal: What's New, What's Not

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 3:14pm
Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a proposed settlement with Facebook, addressing its assertion that Facebook deceived users by failing to uphold its privacy promises. As we said elsewhere, the proposed settlement has one major step forward: it prohibits the company from “begging forgiveness instead of asking permission” by changing its privacy settings to make data more public or share it with more people. But it doesn’t cure all of the outstanding issues with Facebook privacy.
Facebook Is Abiding By Its Own Rules, Great! Now How About Good Rules For Everybody?

Facebook Is Abiding By Its Own Rules, Great! Now How About Good Rules For Everybody?

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 3:16pm

Today, Facebook agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it deceived customers by failing to uphold privacy promises. The FTC announced today that the social networking site “deceived consumers by telling them they could…

Like Privacy? There's An App For That!

Like Privacy? There's An App For That!

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:16pm

Today we've launched a Facebook app that assesses your privacy exposure based on your online habits and technology use.

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (11/18/2011)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (11/18/2011)

By Caitlin O'Neill, Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Associate, ACLU of Northern California at 4:00pm

In the digital age that we live in today, we are constantly exposing our personal information online. From using cell phones and GPS devices to online shopping and sending e-mail, the things we do and say online leave behind ever-growing trails…

It Was Close, But We Won: Viva Net Neutrality!

It Was Close, But We Won: Viva Net Neutrality!

By Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:37pm

In a largely partisan vote, Senate Democrats defeated a resolution that would have overturned the FCC's open Internet rules that are set to go into effect this month.

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (9/27/2011)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (9/27/2011)

By Caitlin O'Neill, Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Associate, ACLU of Northern California at 2:10pm

In the digital age that we live in today, we are constantly exposing our personal information online. From using cell phones and GPS devices to online shopping and sending e-mail, the things we do and say online leave behind ever-growing trails of…

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (9/9/2011)

Civil Liberties in the Digital Age: Weekly Highlights (9/9/2011)

By Caitlin O'Neill, Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Associate, ACLU of Northern California at 3:12pm

In the digital age that we live in today, we are constantly exposing our personal information online. From using cell phones and GPS devices to online shopping and sending e-mail, the things we do and say online leave behind ever-growing trails of…

ACLU Guide to New Facebook Privacy Controls

ACLU Guide to New Facebook Privacy Controls

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 11:30am

Today Facebook is rolling out a series of changes to its privacy controls. We reviewed the changes in detail on Tuesday; now here’s how you can take advantage of these changes:

Turn On “Profile Review” One of the biggest…

Is Simpler Better for Facebook's Privacy Policy?

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 3:55pm

Facebook is working on a "privacy policy written for regular people." Giving users descriptions that they can actually understand is a great thing, and we're glad to see Facebook move in that direction. But, as we've pointed out…

Facebook Application Privacy Breach Exposed

Facebook Application Privacy Breach Exposed

By Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern California at 2:02pm

This past weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported that the most popular Facebook apps consistently share information about you and your friends with advertisers and other third parties, no matter what your privacy settings are.

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