Consumer Watchdog Joins Call for FTC Investigation of Facebook for Violating Users’ Privacy

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Consumer Watchdog today joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and other privacy groups in asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook for allegedly tracking users after they have logged out of Facebook and for its new features associated with “Frictionless Sharing.”

The groups alerted the FTC to reports that Facebook has been using cookies to track the Internet activity of users even after they have logged out of Facebook, in direct opposition to Facebook’s representations that it does not engage in this practice.

The groups also outlined the privacy concerns of “Frictionless Sharing,” Facebook’s new system that broadcasts personal information through new features such as Ticker, Timeline, and Open Graph. These new features allow Facebook to choose which information will be displayed more prominently on a user’s profile, and give Facebook the power to automatically share information like when a user reads an article, listens to a song, or watches a TV show on social apps.

“Once again Facebook has been violating its own stated privacy policies, this time by tracking users even after they logged out,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director. “The FTC needs to halt Facebook’s intrusive, abusive and deceptive practices.”

Read the groups’ letter here: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/ltrepicftc092811.pdf.

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