Momentum Builds for FTC Investigation of Facebook

Sep 29, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Momentum is building for an investigation into Facebook by the Federal Trade Commission, Multichannel News reports. Among the latest groups calling for a probe are the ACLU, the Center for Digital Democracy, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the American Library Association.

House members Joe Barton and Ed Markey have also asked the FTC to look into the social networking site. Their chief allegation is that Facebook gathers information on users even after they log out from Facebook.

Facebook has reportedly said it has stopped the practice.

In a letter to the FTC, the latest groups joining the campaign address the same activity, saying: "Facebook’s tracking of post-log-out Internet activity violates both the reasonable expectations of consumers and the company’s own privacy statements."

The groups added that they want the agency to ensure that tracking by Facebook is "consistent with the policies and representations that were in place when consumers provided their personal information to Facebook” and to determine whether the practices “constitute unfair and deceptive trade practices, in violation of consumer protection law in the United States."

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