Facebook changes privacy settings again despite FTC decision

Posted on December 15, 2011


In a surprise announcement today, Facebook said it was going to be changing user privacy settings yet again. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said on its site that Facebook “would post archived user information, making old posts available under Facebook’s current downgraded privacy settings.” Supposedly users only have a week to clean up their archives before Timeline goes live. Interestingly, EPIC was also the entity that started a complaint against the social network which brought down a recent decision by the Federal Trade Commission that Facebook was “unfair and deceptive” when it came to changing user privacy settings. The question is why, in light of this recent decision, would Facebook be changing the settings?