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Facebook claims audit proves firm’s privacy policies sufficient

Last Updated: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 18:18

Wellington: Facebook Inc. has said that an independent audit, following its settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, has found its privacy services sufficient under a six-month assessment.

The audit that was a mandatory part of Facebook’s settlement with FTC also resolved the earlier charges on the networking company that it exposed the details about its users’ lives without any legal approval, reports.

Stating that it has submitted the findings to the United States Federal Trade Commission along with a redacted copy of the auditor's letter which contains trade secret information, Facebook has said that the redacted copy does not alter the auditor's findings.

The report said that the audit entails that Facebook’s privacy program meets or exceeded requirements under the FTC's order and also includes written policies and samples of its data.

Facebook's chief privacy officer for policy, Erin Egan has said that the company feels contented at the confirmation that privacy programme controls in Facebook are working as intended, adding that the assessment would also enable them to improve their privacy control set-ups and evolve their working practices according to user’s needs, making user privacy and information protection their priority.

According to the report, Facebook had initially been charged with several user privacy loopholes that erupted after their revised privacy set-ups.

FTC has complained against these changes in Facebook which enabled automatic sharing of information and pictures of its users, even after the activation of privacy settings on that content.

FTC had also alleged that Facebook openly shared users’ profile pictures, lists of online friends, political opinions and even personal information with third-party advertisers for a two-year span despite company’s assurances that the information was not being passed on for marketing needs.

Facebook has not admitted to any wrongdoing as part of the settlement, although it has agreed for audits of its privacy practices for 20 years, the report added.


First Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 18:18
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