Tech Talk: Privacy groups warn of new Facebook policy

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by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on September 6, 2013 at 6:09 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 6:59 AM

HOUSTON –- Several privacy groups are asking the Federal Trade Commission to stop Facebook from putting two proposed changes into its policies.

The social network has announced plans to update its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. This includes clarification on what information the site uses in the advertisements that show up in users' feeds.

The privacy groups, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Consumer Watchdog, say Facebook is widening its use of user photos and info in the sponsored ads.

In its new policy, Facebook states that its users’ names, photos, and information on the pages they like can be used in network ads.

In its proposed changes, Facebook says that by using its social network, you permit a “business or other entity to pay us to display your name and/or profile picture with your content or information, without any compensation to you.”

Facebook has always done this, but privacy advocates say the new policy now allows for this practice by default, and users will have to opt-out of it.

According to the Washington Post, the FTC acknowledged receiving the complaints, but the commission has not yet commented on the matter.

Concerned about it? Click here to go to Facebook's ad privacy settings where you can double check your settings, should these proposed changes go through: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads&view

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