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    Facebook Agrees to F.t.c. Settlement on Privacy – Huh? – Message in a Bottle

    Accusing Facebook of “unfair and deceptive” business practices, the federal government on Tuesday announced a proposed settlement that compels the company to obtain its users’ consent before making changes to privacy settings, and to subject itself to an independent audit on consumer privacy for the next 20 years. The strongly worded order, announced by the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, stems in large part from changes that Facebook made to its users’ privacy protocols in December 2009. The commission alleged that Facebook made public information that users had designated as private, without warning them or obtaining their consent. Facebook also allowed advertisers to have access to personally identifiable information each…