Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, announced last month, became the target of privacy groups, as the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information.
The Federal Trade Commission received 1,655 complaints about Facebook in 2012 — down from 2,171 in 2011, but up from 1,381 in 2010 — but what were people complaining about?
Following Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s trip to Washington, D.C., last month, it’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s turn to travel to our nation’s capital, as Politico reported that Sandberg will meet with Federal Trade Commission Member Maureen Ohlhausen Wednesday.
The Federal Trade Commission is getting another earful about the update to Facebook’s data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities, which the social network announced Aug. 29, and this time, the opposition is coming from a coalition of more than 20 public health, youth, and consumer groups.
Responding to criticism of the changes to its data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities, announced last week, Facebook said it will delay the implementation of those changes.
The changes Facebook announced last week to its data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities have drawn the ire of consumer privacy groups, as six of them sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission Wednesday expressing concerns over the use of users’ personal data in advertising, The New York Times’ Bits blog reported.
Facebook participated in the Federal Trade Commission’s Public Forum on Threats to Mobile Devices earlier this week, and it shared some of the best practices agreed upon at the forum in a note on the Facebook Security page.
As Facebook rolls out more and more advertising options, the backlash from users about ad targeting has grown. Facebook aims to solve that, according to AdAge, by showing users a logo on targeted ads served through Facebook Exchange (FBX). However, the logo will only be shown when users mouses over the gray “X” in the corner of the ad, usually used to hide it.