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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Facebook Delays New Privacy Policy

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Facebook's proposed new privacy policy contained a shift in legal language that appeared to put the burden on users to ask Facebook not to use their personal data in advertisements.
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Facebook's proposed new privacy policy contained a shift in legal language that appeared to put the burden on users to ask Facebook not to use their personal data in advertisements.

proposed new privacy policy contained a shift in legal language that appeared to put the burden on users to ask Facebook not to use their personal data in advertisements.

Facebook has apparently decided to delay a proposed new privacy policy after a coalition of privacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to block the changes on the grounds that they violated a 2011 settlement with the regulatory agency.

A spokeswoman for the F.T.C. confirmed Thursday that the agency had received the letter but had no further comment.

In a statement published by The Los Angeles Times and Politico on Thursday afternoon, Facebook said, “We are taking the time to ensure that user comments are reviewed and taken into consideration to determine whether further updates are necessary and we expect to finalize the process in the coming week.”

Asked about the delay, a Facebook spokesman said he was unaware of the latest developments.
When it first announced the changes on Aug. 28, Facebook told its 1.2 billion users that the updates were “to take effect on September 5.”

The changes, while clarifying how Facebook uses some information about its users, also contained a shift in legal language that appeared to put the...
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