Just when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg started to look grown up, meeting President Barack Obama and even donning a suit for the occasion, his company made another privacy gaffe. In June, Facebook quietly rolled out a facial recognition feature change that made it easier for people to tag friends in photos, or tag large batches of photos at once. More than a year after a much-analyzed privacy revamp in May 2010, Facebook seemed not to have learned its privacy lesson.
In November, Facebook settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission that it had not done a sufficient job of protecting consumer privacy--a settlement that included fines and agreeing to 20 years of privacy audits.
Facebook promised users, as part of that settlement, that future privacy settings tweaks would have an opt-in approach. Status: Users will have to wait and see.
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