The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and nine other consumer protection groups called on the FTC to investigate the change in Facebook's privacy standards that took effect last week. They called for the agency, which oversees consumer protections, to force the Web firm to restore its previous policy.
"These changes violate user expectations, diminish user privacy, and contradict
Facebook’s own representations," EPIC said in its complaint.
Founder Mark Zuckerberg, trying to allay concerns about the policy shift, put his own Web information up publicly. But that didn't settle a torrent of criticism on Twitter and blogs, with users threatening to leave the social networking site. (Washington Post Co. Chairman Donald E. Graham is on Facebook's board of directors.)
Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said the firm talked to federal regulators, including members of the FTC, before it launched the new program.
"We've had productive discussions with dozens of organizations around the world about the recent changes and we're disappointed that EPIC has chosen to share their concerns with the FTC while refusing to talk to us about them," Noyes said.
December 18, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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