Risk
9/6/2013
01:07 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Facebook Postpones New Privacy Policy Rollout

After heavy criticism from users and privacy watchdogs, Facebook has delayed the date that controversial policy changes will take effect.

10 Facebook Features To Help You Get Ahead
10 Facebook Features To Help You Get Ahead
(click image for larger view)
Facebook has decided to delay its proposed policy changes after both users and privacy watchdogs denounced the updates.

"We are taking the time to ensure that user comments are reviewed and taken into consideration to determine whether further updates are necessary and we expect to finalize the process in the coming week," Facebook said in a statement. Facebook users submitted more than 10,000 comments to the blog post that announced the proposed changes last week.

The revisions to its Statements of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy clarify that by simply using the social network, users grant Facebook permission to use their name, profile picture, content and information in conjunction with ads and sponsored content without payment. It also explained how the social network uses facial recognition technology to identify you in friends' photos and to suggest they tag you.

[ How can your privacy settings protect you from nosy Facebook searchers? Read Three Facebook Privacy Settings to Check. ]

"We are able to suggest that your friends tag you in a picture by scanning and comparing your friend's pictures to information we've put together from your profile pictures and other photos in which you've been tagged," the policy reads.

Six privacy advocates, who fired off a letter to the Federal Trade Commission late Wednesday, were particularly outraged with Facebook's proposed handling of minors who use its site. According to Facebook's new policy, users under the age of 18 concede that at least one of their parents or legal guardians has also agreed to the terms on their behalf.

"Such 'deemed consent' eviscerates any meaningful limits over the commercial exploitation of the images and names of young Facebook users," the groups wrote. "The amended language involving teens -- far from getting affirmative express consent from a responsible adult -- attempts to 'deem' that teenagers 'represent' that a parent, who has been given no notice, have consented to give up teens' private information. This is contrary to the Order and FTC's recognition that teens are a sensitive group, owed extra privacy protections."

In an emailed statement to InformationWeek, a Facebook spokesperson said that a recent settlement -- in which the social network was forced to pay $20 million to resolve claims that it featured users' images in advertisements without payment or permission -- required the company to more clearly explain its policies and practices.

"We simplified the explanation to make clear how advertising works on Facebook and what exactly people can expect when it comes to how we use their name, profile picture, content and personal information," the statement said. The social network originally pegged September 5 as the day the changes would take effect.

Facebook did not specify a new date for when it will enact the new policy changes but said it will be "in the coming week."

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
David F. Carr
50%
50%
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/6/2013 | 6:20:18 PM
re: Facebook Postpones New Privacy Policy Rollout
Good to see them thinking twice
moarsauce123
50%
50%
moarsauce123,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/7/2013 | 2:13:53 PM
re: Facebook Postpones New Privacy Policy Rollout
Delaying means not the same as changing their views. I think they asked their lawyers to gauge how successful lawsuits might be as well as product management as to how many users they will lose. Assuming that lawsuits are pointless it all comes down to how much more money they can make with less users. The changes will come and there will be still millions of dumb people who continue using FB.
KMBurnham
50%
50%
KMBurnham,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/9/2013 | 7:38:21 PM
re: Facebook Postpones New Privacy Policy Rollout
What's interesting is that Instagram, which was acquired by Facebook, tried exactly the same thing last year -- making changes to its policy to enable the use of user images in ads -- and users reacted in the same exact way.
OtherJimDonahue
50%
50%
OtherJimDonahue,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/10/2013 | 1:33:40 PM
re: Facebook Postpones New Privacy Policy Rollout
Yes, there was quite an uproar, as I remember.

It really does seem to cross a line. Yet ... I suspect FB will get what it wants eventually.
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
Partner Perspectives
What's This?
In a digital world inundated with advanced security threats, Intel Security seeks to transform how we live and work to keep our information secure. Through hardware and software development, Intel Security delivers robust solutions that integrate security into every layer of every digital device. In combining the security expertise of McAfee with the innovation, performance, and trust of Intel, this vision becomes a reality.

As we rely on technology to enhance our everyday and business life, we must too consider the security of the intellectual property and confidential data that is housed on these devices. As we increase the number of devices we use, we increase the number of gateways and opportunity for security threats. Intel Security takes the “security connected” approach to ensure that every device is secure, and that all security solutions are seamlessly integrated.
Featured Writers
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading's October Tech Digest
Fast data analysis can stymie attacks and strengthen enterprise security. Does your team have the data smarts?
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-7877
Published: 2014-10-30
Unspecified vulnerability in the kernel in HP HP-UX B.11.31 allows local users to cause a denial of service via unknown vectors.

CVE-2014-3051
Published: 2014-10-29
The Internet Service Monitor (ISM) agent in IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager (ITCAM) for Transactions 7.1 and 7.2 before 7.2.0.3 IF28, 7.3 before 7.3.0.1 IF30, and 7.4 before 7.4.0.0 IF18 does not verify X.509 certificates from SSL servers, which allows man-in-the-middle attackers to spoof s...

CVE-2014-3668
Published: 2014-10-29
Buffer overflow in the date_from_ISO8601 function in the mkgmtime implementation in libxmlrpc/xmlrpc.c in the XMLRPC extension in PHP before 5.4.34, 5.5.x before 5.5.18, and 5.6.x before 5.6.2 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) via (1) a crafted first argument t...

CVE-2014-3669
Published: 2014-10-29
Integer overflow in the object_custom function in ext/standard/var_unserializer.c in PHP before 5.4.34, 5.5.x before 5.5.18, and 5.6.x before 5.6.2 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via an argument to the unserialize function ...

CVE-2014-3670
Published: 2014-10-29
The exif_ifd_make_value function in exif.c in the EXIF extension in PHP before 5.4.34, 5.5.x before 5.5.18, and 5.6.x before 5.6.2 operates on floating-point arrays incorrectly, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (heap memory corruption and application crash) or possibly exec...

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Follow Dark Reading editors into the field as they talk with noted experts from the security world.