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Groups File Complaint With FTC Over Facebook’s New Privacy Settings

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Several top privacy groups have filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over Facebook’s recent changes to its privacy settings. The changes, which went into effect last week, mean that users can no longer restrict access to some basic information — like what pages they are fans of and who their friends are — and have less control over what information about them is shared via the Facebook API.

The groups’ complaint to the FTC says that the changes are “unfair and deceptive trade practices” and urges that the FTC investigate them. It is authored by the Electronic Privacy Information Center and signed by other organizations, including the American Library Association.

For its part, Facebook continues to maintain that the changes it introduced in fact give users more control over how their information is shared on the social network.

Here’s part of the company’s statement: “Facebook’s plan to provide users control over their privacy and how they share content is unprecedented in the Internet age. We have gone to great lengths to inform users about our platform changes, beginning with our July announcement; founder Mark Zuckerberg