March 21st, 2014

California challenges Facebook argument on online teen privacy

By Jessica Guynn
LA Times

SAN FRANCISCO—The Federal Trade Commission and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris say that Facebook is misinterpreting how a children’s privacy law applies to teen privacy in a move that could undercut the giant social network in a federal court case in California.

Facebook users sued the company for using their images in ads on the service without their consent and later settled the class-action lawsuit in 2012. Children’s advocates are challenging the settlement in an effort to require Facebook to get explicit permission from parents before using the personal information — as well as the images, likes and comments — of teens in advertising.

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