Ten Privacy Groups File FTC Complaint Against Facebook for Recent Privacy Changes

In the latest move by privacy advocates against Facebook’s recently revised privacy settings, ten groups have filed a complaint against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission. The complaint says that recent changes, which we’ve covered in detail, “violate user expectations, diminish user privacy, and contradict Facebook’s own representations.”

The complaint was led by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Other signees include the American Library Association, the Center for Digital Democracy, the Consumer Federation of Privacy Rights, Privacy Activism, the Privacy Rights Now Coalition, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and the U.S. Bill of Rights Foundation.

Facebook has fired back with the following statement:

We’ve had productive discussions with dozens of organizations around the world about the recent changes, and we’re disappointed that EPIC has chosen to share their concerns with the FTC while refusing to talk to us about them.

The company also tells MarketWatch that it has previously talked with the FTC about the changes.

Earlier this month, Facebook released a new set of privacy changes that encouraged users to make more of their information publicly available. The change has been criticized for not clearly telling users what information would be shared publicly. See our full analysis here.