Calling it a positive step forward, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, released the following statement today after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Facebook reached a settlement in a privacy dispute dating back to 2009:
"Today's announcement by the Federal Trade Commission is a step forward in giving American consumers a greater say in how their data and personal information is shared. But in many ways, this settlement clearly demonstrates that the privacy debate in Washington remains unresolved. Most importantly, privacy policies should be transparent and understandable to everyone, and consumers should have an easy-to-understand way to opt out of sharing information, if they choose to do so. Today, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. Are companies following through on what they tell consumers? Are consumers really in charge when told they're in charge? And what's the line between what information is okay to collect -- and more importantly share -- and what's not? I look forward to exploring these and other issues in the months ahead as we continue our hearings and debate the need for privacy legislation."