FTC Finalizes Privacy Settlement with Myspace

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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling FTC charges that Myspace misrepresented its protection of users’ personal information. The settlement bars Myspace from future misrepresentations about its privacy practices, requires the company to implement a comprehensive privacy program, and calls for regular, independent privacy assessments for the next 20 years. 

The Commission vote approving the final order and letters to the public commenters was 4-0-1, with Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen not participating.  (FTC File No. 102-3058; staff contacts are Katherine Race Brin and Amanda Koulousias, 202-326-2106 or 202-326-3334.)

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