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Facebook Privacy Settlement Reinforces Right Priorities, Protects Consumer


Location: Washington, DC

Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, released a statement following the Federal Trade Commission's announcement regarding Facebook's online privacy policies:

"The FTC has succeeded here in protecting consumers' right to privacy in an increasingly complex technological environment. This settlement will help ensure that companies keep their promises to consumers and give those consumers a real voice in how their information is used, distributed, and managed. It reinforces the principle that data collectors should not hold consumer information hostage, especially after a user has terminated the service. These priorities are consistent with what Senator McCain and I had in mind when we introduced our Internet Privacy Bill of Rights. Anyone who has the privilege of collecting this type of sensitive information should live by these fair rules of the road."

In April 2011, Senators Kerry and McCain introduced legislation aimed to safeguard consumer privacy, the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights.

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