Facebook criticized over privacy policy

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The social networking site Facebook has always been under fire regarding privacy issues. Many advocacy groups have complained that the social network still uses people’s data for advertising without their explicit consent. A few civil liberties groups have claimed that the new Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy of Facebook – which is supposed to give users more privacy – is actually giving them less.

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The groups have taken their complaint to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On September 5, 2013, six organizations – including the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy – have written a letter to the FTC. The letter claimed that the new policy of Facebook allows the network to use the images and names of Facebook users for commercial advertising without their consent.

The groups are asking the FTC to block the policy of Facebook, as they have said that it violates the terms of 2011 privacy statement with the FTC. On the other hand, the social network has claimed that it has not violated the terms of 2011 privacy statement with the FTC, as it has not changed the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use policy at all.

Facebook said that it just changed the language it uses to describe the policy.

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