Privacy Groups: Facebook Can’t Be Trusted

The new privacy controls Facebook announced Wednesday were met with criticism the following day from privacy groups that called the new policies inadequate.

In a conference call on Thursday, representatives of the groups insisted on a Federal Trade Commission investigation of the social networking giant and regulatory oversight.

They also questioned Facebook’s commitment to privacy and its honesty.

What Privacy Controls?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Wednesday that the social networking site is making its privacy controls simpler. He also expressed his company’s desire to make no further changes to its privacy settings in the immediate future.

“The whole process raises questions about Facebook’s actual commitment to privacy,” said Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. “If you review the press release Facebook put out last December claiming to provide user privacy, you’ll see that it in fact let it collect more user information.”

Those December changes led the Electronic Privacy Information Center, together with the Center for Digital Democracy, the American Library Association, the

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