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Facebook `needs more time` to review new privacy policy

Last Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 13:20

Washington: Facebook has reportedly delayed launching its new privacy policy, which was due to take effect on September 5 and cited that it needs more time to review the changes.

The social media giant delayed the new policy after a coalition of privacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission to block the changes on the grounds that they violated a 2011 settlement with the regulatory agency.

Facebook said that the company is taking time to ensure that user comments are reviewed and taken into consideration to determine whether further updates are necessary and they expect to finalize the process in the coming week, the New York Times reports.

Earlier Facebook`s terms of use and its settlement with the F.T.C. had indicated that it wouldn`t use personal data of users without explicit consent; however, the new changes allow the site to use names and photos of teenagers in advertising , an area of particular concern to privacy advocates.

The report said that the original proposal has drawn tens of thousands of comments from Facebook users, most of them opposing the changes.


First Published: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 13:16

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