Dis-Like! Senator Markey Urges the FTC to Investigate Facebook’s New Policies
Written By Adam Veness
As we previously reported here, Facebook has proposed a number of revisions to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. In response to these proposed changes, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez asking her to take a closer look into whether these new proposed policies violate Facebook’s 2011 settlement with the FTC. That same day, the FTC announced that it was investigating Facebook’s new policies.
Facebook’s new policies make it clear that users are required to grant Facebook wide permission to use their personal information as a condition to using Facebook. Peter Kaplan, a spokesman for the FTC, stated, “Facebook never sought out a discussion with us beforehand about these proposed changes.” According to the New York Times, Facebook informed the FTC of the new language just before it was posted to its website.
The other main point in Senator Markey’s letter focuses on children under the age of 18. Facebook’s new policies state to users under the age of 18 that “you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to the terms of this section (and the use of your name, profile picture, content, and information) on your behalf.” Senator Markey is particularly concerned with this new policy and he points out that impressionable teens are still developing and learning safe online habits. He cautions that “the FTC should pay close attention to any change that could harm our nation’s young people.
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