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FTC Probing Facebook’s New Privacy Policy

Published on September 12, 2013
by Elizabeth Dwoskin

Regulators at the Federal Trade Commission are probing whether Facebook violated users’ privacy rights when it overhauled company policies two weeks ago.

On August 29, the social network announced an update to the company privacy policy. In the update, the company stripped language that explicitly allowed users to limit how their names and profile pictures could be used for marketing. The new policy said that by signing up for Facebook, members — including minors — gave Facebook the right to use their personal data.

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