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Facebook Responds to EPIC FTC Timeline Complaint 150

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 Anonymous Coward on Monday January 09, 2012 @09:49AM (#38636738)

    I'm not a Facebook fan at all, but if anything it appears to me that the new timeline and accompanying activity view make it easer to hide, delete and change the audience of individual items.

  • Re:Facebook? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Max Romantschuk ( 132276 ) <> on Monday January 09, 2012 @10:27AM (#38637034) Homepage

    Facebook is no mere toy. Used properly it is an efficient communications platform. Not perfect by any means, but denying Facebook's strength as a communications platform is really quite ignorant.

  • Hanlon's razor (Score:4, Interesting)

    by luis_a_espinal ( 1810296 ) on Monday January 09, 2012 @11:58AM (#38637924) Homepage

    You might want to re-think who you want as your friends. If your "friends" are giving your personal information away to an entity who then sells it downstream to anyone who wants it, including most likely the big brother TLA agencies, I'd suggest those people are not actually friends.

    Or maybe they are friends, but are not educated in the implications. May I suggest you familiarize yourself with Hanlon's razor before judging you don't know and their worthiness for friendship? I don't know, something to do with social skills, rational thought, humanism, or something.

    My friends, somehow, do not do this to me. You need a better class of friends.

    Wow, just wow.

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