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Facebook Responds to EPIC FTC Timeline Complaint 150

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the what-was-this-stranger-doing-ten-years-ago dept.
An anonymous reader writes with a snippet from a ZDNet article: "The Electronic Privacy Information Center is unhappy with the way Facebook launched its new Timeline profile. Last month, the privacy organization complained Facebook went too far because it started rolling out the redesign without asking users first. EPIC then followed up with a (four-page letter (PDF) to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to investigate the new feature to insure that it meets with the terms of a November 29th FTC-Facebook settlement. Facebook denies these claims, saying that the Timeline launch has nothing to do with its users' privacy."
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Facebook Responds to EPIC FTC Timeline Complaint

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  • by DCTech (2545590) on Monday January 09, 2012 @09:44AM (#38636698)
    As far as I can see, the only change is how user profile is displayed. It's a cosmetic change. There is nothing visible that wasn't visible to begin with. The only change is that events and posts are grouped together based on their dates instead of that flat style that was before. But even then the dates were visible, they just weren't grouped together.
  • Facebook? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bytesex (112972) on Monday January 09, 2012 @10:04AM (#38636838) Homepage

    Facebook is not critical infrastructure (or even near it); users willingly and knowlingly signed up for what amounts to a toy. A toy with commercial motives.

  • by L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) on Monday January 09, 2012 @10:17AM (#38636928)
    I have every reason to hate users of Facebook who enter information about me. I may not be on Facebook, but I can still be tagged in a photo, have my name used in a "Check in" style post, have my details entered as an invitation to join Facebook (thereby linking my email address to me, the person who submitted the invitation, any picture I am tagged in without my knowledge etc).

    I'm not paranoid, I just dislike the idea of my life being profiled by a private entity without my consent. I'm well aware that store / loyalty cards, CC companies etc do this; I accept that as part of the terms of service. What do I gain from Facebook?
  • Re:Facebook? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Tharsman (1364603) on Monday January 09, 2012 @10:25AM (#38637018)

    Unfortunately, the way they work, they already have a profile on you even if you dont sign up on their serivce. So many websites add that "useful" Like button, that servers as a tracking trojan, that it's impossible to navigate without being caught and profiled by Facebook. They keep growing a profile on you even if you dont have an account. They'll just tie everything up the day you actually make an account to "check some friend's pictures" or something.

  • by _0xd0ad (1974778) on Monday January 09, 2012 @10:49AM (#38637210) Journal

    I went above and beyond and just blocked them everywhere.

    #a(href*=facebook.com/sharer)
    #a(href*=plusone.google.com/_/+1)
    #a(href*=twitter.com/intent)

    If that causes problems I might restrict them to slashdot.org. But it probably won't.

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