That pretty well sums up Fa$ebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s (right) attitude toward anyone who complains about the social advertising site’s privacy practices — or lack of them.
Certain online corporations often complain the internet is the Wild West of cyberspace.
If it is, they’re the ones doing the rampaging, and they’re doing it without even a pretence of oversight by any formal authority, government or otherwise.
However, today, EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) in 14 privacy and consumer protection organizations filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging Fa$ebook “has engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices in violation of consumer protection law”.
The complaint says changes to user profile information and the disclosure of user data to third parties without consent “violate user expectations, diminish user privacy, and contradict Facebook’s own representations.”
It also cites “widespread opposition from Facebook users, senators, bloggers, and news organizations”.
In a letter to Congress, EPIC calls for the Senate and House Committees with jurisdiction over the FTC to closely monitor the FTC investigation.
“The letter noted the FTC’s failure to act on several pending consumer privacy complaints”, EPIC adds.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
EPIC – New Facebook Privacy Complaint Filed with Trade Commission, May 6, 2010
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