Critics of Facebook’s proposed policy changes are again concerned about how the company uses its members’ photos and personal information in advertising. Several privacy groups sent letters to the FTC last week, claiming that Facebook’s proposed changes violated the social media company’s 2011 settlement with the FTC. That settlement mandates that Facebook get approval from its users before changing its privacy controls.
The FTC has said its inquiry into Facebook’s proposed changes is part of its regular monitoring of the social media company’s behavior.
“As in all cases, we’re monitoring compliance with the order, and part of that involves interacting with Facebook,” FTC spokesman Peter Kaplan said in a statement.
“Importantly, our updated policies do not grant Facebook any additional rights to use consumer information in advertising,” Facebook spokeswoman Jodi Seth said in a statement. “Rather, the new policies further clarify and explain our existing practices. We take these issues very seriously and are confident that our policies are fully compliant with our agreement with the FTC.”
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