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Group wants unredacted privacy assessments from Facebook

Joe Mont | April 25, 2018

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking the release of unredacted Facebook privacy assessments from the Federal Trade Commission. The assessments were mandated under the terms of a 2011 consent order.

EPIC is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. The public information request was prompted, in part, by recent revelations that up to 87 million users had their data misappropriated by an international political consulting firm

In 2011, Facebook agreed to settle FTC charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on the site private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public.

The settlement also required Facebook to take several steps to make sure it lives up to its promises in the future,...

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