November 29, 2011

Facebook admits to "playing around with you"

Marky Mark Zuckerberg has FINALLY agreed to a privacy rights settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The Facebook founder officially admits to doing what we all know he's been doing: changing privacy setting and other things on accounts without user permission. So, maybe you or I don't read those terms of service agreements, but, in some cases, the people who write them just ignore them.

Coming on top of the FTC's settlement with Google last year, over Buzz, this is good news for all of us. And, while it doesn't go so far as to view social networking (or the Internet in general) as a quasi-utility, multiple settlements set some sort of precedent.

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