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Notable Commentary on EPIC's Facebook Complaint

"This Facebook complaint could be the start of much deeper legal efforts internationally to protect your online identity and rights at work and play."
Oliver Marks, Facebook: The Legal Rumblings Start..., ZDNet, Dec. 17, 2009



"How quickly the Obama Administration’s FTC acts on the complaint is yet to be seen and will eagerly be awaited by many on both sides of the ensuing debate."
Bonnie Bogliogli-Randall, Facebook's privacy revision in hot water, Dec. 17, 2009



"Considering the many tens of millions of American consumers who use Facebook, we hope and expect that the FTC will seriously consider the important questions raised by today's complaint."
Tim Jones, The World Reacts to the New Facebook, Dec. 17, 2009



"The EPIC complaint has legs, and I’m not just saying that because they cite my post on Zuckerberg (Footnote #42)."
Kashmir Hill, Did Facebook break the law when it changed privacy settings?, True / Slant, Dec. 17 2009



"There’s been a lot of ruckus about Facebook (Facebook) being deceptive about the changes, but until now it’s just been ruckus. That changed today when a group of ten Internet privacy groups, led by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), requesting an investigation into Facebook’s actions."
Benn Parr, FTC Asked to Investigate Facebook's New Privacy Changes, Mashable, Dec. 17, 2009



"In a nutshell, these privacy groups want the FTC to thwart Facebook’s privacy changes with more consumer protections in place."
Larry Dignan, Privacy groups file complaint with FTC over Facebook settings, ZDNet, Dec. 17, 2009



"I'm glad that EPIC, FTC, etc., are interested in our privacy, as they can exert pressure to change things in ways that we as users cannot. What I'd really like to see out of all this might be some kind of formal privacy impact review before changes to social networking policies are made. Any change that degrades privacy would need to be identified by third parties, justified or mitigated by the social network, then reviewed again until it's clear that users will be better off after the change than they were before. I think that expecting users to flee a service following troublesome changes is unrealistic. The users are caught between a rock and a hard place, and Facebook will continue twisting their arms as long as the users are paying more attention to their friends and apps than they are to their privacy."
Commenter Valderost, Formal Review of Changes would Benefit Everyone, Slashdot, Dec. 17, 2009



"We've seen this movie before. They [Facebook] do something aggressive around disclosure of information, and then people come out of the woodwork and there's some response of 'We Hear You.' It has to rise to a certain level, such as this complaint, before there's any action."
Greg Sterling, Sterling Market Research, as quoted in Richard Koman, FTC Complaint Escalates Facebook's Privacy Woes, Newsfactor, Dec. 17, 2009.



"This is the latest development in a backlash against the social network that appears to be gaining momentum." Katherine Noyes, Privacy Groups Take Facebook Quarrel to the Feds, E-Commerce Times, Dec. 18, 2009