Privacy Groups File FTC Complaint Over Facebook, WhatsApp Data Sharing

Discussion in 'HardForum Tech News' started by HardOCP News, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. HardOCP News

    HardOCP News [H] News

    Dec 31, 1969
    While I think this is a pretty janky move, you do have thirty days to opt out of data sharing. There is always the option of just not using Facebook or WhatApp as well, that seems to work pretty good too. ;)

    Some consumer privacy watchdog groups have filed a formal complaint with the FTC, asking them to look into it. The complaint (PDF) comes from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD). The groups ask the FTC to investigate the new terms that Facebook and WhatsApp have set, saying it constitutes “an unfair and deceptive trade practice,” which is the legal term for all those misleading things the FTC’s responsible for quashing.
  2. Koolthulu

    Koolthulu Gawd

    Mar 24, 2011
    It's funny that people think Facebook doesn't already have that data.
  3. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

    Oct 29, 2000
    I completely missed this news. Time to go opt out!
  4. Prisoner849

    Prisoner849 Gawd

    May 5, 2016
    No sympathy here; put your information out there, you have already lost control of it. People need to quit acting like they have been wronged and start taking responsibility for their own actions. None of these companies can be trusted in any way; users are the product, their digital lives are what's being sold and traded and only an idiot would believe otherwise these days. If you are fine with that, then great, but if not, then stop making it a problem.

    How many stories like this do people need before they wake up?