F.T.C. Said to Be Near Facebook Privacy Deal - NYTimes.com
The rumor is that Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are near to an agreement that will block Facebook from making explicitly private information public. So, in case you wondered, the Feds don’t think it’s in the public interest to claim that black is white, and to disclose people’s secrets while saying you aren’t.
Claire Cain Miller via NY Times
Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are nearing a settlement over deceptive practices related to several Facebook features, including its privacy settings, according to two people briefed on the settlement.
Under the agreement, Facebook would agree to privacy audits for 20 years, one of the people said. It would also prohibit Facebook from making public a piece of information that a user had originally shared privately on the site without express permission, the person said. The individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because the F.T.C. commissioners have not yet approved the settlement.
But Facebook would not be required to ask users if they would like to participate in all sharing features on the site, including tools that it builds in the future.
Again, the Feds stop short of a more comprehensive collar on Facebook, but at least we know that doublespeak privacy policies are forbidden.