Rather than fight a federal complaint about its use of customer data, social network Facebook decided it is better to be responsive than pretend to be responsible. It also agreed to allow the feds to audit its activities for the next 20 years -- another smart move.
The Daily Dog reports:
Facebook this week finally had to succumb to allegations that it was misusing members' personal data — the social giant agreed to 20 years of privacy audits to settle a complaint from the Federal Trade Commission, which says Facebook misled its members about its use of their private data. Facebook "deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public," the FTC said in its lengthy complaint, which cites several examples of alleged false promises from Facebook, most of which took place several years ago. ...
Under the terms of the settlement, Facebook will have to undergo a third-party privacy audit every two years for the next 20 years. Twitter and Google have recently signed similar deals with the FTC.