Myspace Settles Privacy Charges with FTC

Social Network Misrepresented Promise to Protect Data
Myspace Settles Privacy Charges with FTC

The social network Myspace has settled with the Federal Trade Commission over misrepresenting its privacy policies by sharing personally identifiable information with advertisers without first getting permission from users.

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According an FTC statement issued May 8, Myspace furnished advertisers users' Friend ID numbers to let advertisers retrieve the personally identifiable information of other users, including the users' full names. Advertisers could combine that personal data with additional information to ascertain users' web-browsing activity.

The settlement bars Myspace from future privacy misrepresentations, requires the social media site to implement a comprehensive policy program and calls for regular, independent privacy assessments for the next 20 years.

Myspace, which Specific Media acquired in June 2011 from News Corp., said in a statement posted to its website said it's committed "to our community to accurately disclose how their information is used and shared."

Myspace said that after acquiring the social media company, Specific Media conducted an examination of the company's business practices and made improvements where applicable, saying: "A major focus of this review was to ensure that Myspace delivered advertisements to consumers in a manner that safeguarded their privacy."

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Jeffrey Roman

Jeffrey Roman

News Writer, ISMG

Roman is the former News Writer for Information Security Media Group. Having worked for multiple publications at The College of New Jersey, including the College's newspaper "The Signal" and alumni magazine, Roman has experience in journalism, copy editing and communications.

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