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Myspace settles with FTC over privacy violations

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Washington, D.C.—Social networking site Myspace has reached a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations that it misled users about how it shares their personal information with advertisers. The FTC alleged Myspace had provided advertisers with the “friend” identities of users who viewed particular pages on the site to help the advertisers better target those users with ads. Because Myspace had an official privacy policy against such a practice, it violated federal law, according to the FTC. The settlement agreed to by Myspace requires it to establish a comprehensive privacy program to protect users' information; bars the company from misrepresenting its privacy practices or compliance program; and requires Myspace to undergo regular assessments of its privacy program for 20 years.
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