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Consumers Union: Facebook Settlement Sends Strong Message to Companies to Live Up to Privacy Promises

Consumers Union – Policy and Advocacy Division of Consumer Reports
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

WASHINGTON – Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, today praised the settlement of the Federal Trade Commission’s charges against Facebook for misleading consumers about the use of their private information.

Ioana Rusu, regulatory counsel for Consumers Union, said, “When you share private, personal information with a company, that information should be treated with care and respect, and that company should adhere to the privacy preferences you choose. Companies should not be able to alter privacy settings after the fact, exposing private information to the public at large and to third party marketers. This settlement upholds that principle.  It sends a strong message to companies that they must live up to the privacy promises made to consumers.”
Media contact: David Butler (dbutler@consumer.org) and Kara Kelber, Consumers Union, (kkelber@consumer.org), 202-462-6262