ITIF Statement on Facebook's New Privacy Controls

May 26, 2010

Statement by Daniel Castro, senior analyst for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation on new Facebook Privacy features:

"These new features give consumers more choice and more control over their information--a win for both Facebook and its users. Facebook's latest changes show that companies are responding appropriately to their customers' concerns about privacy. In this case, market and customer feedback are more effective tools for meeting consumer needs than heavy-handed privacy regulations that would only impede innovation."


Facebook ignited an intense debate about online privacy when it recently unveiled two new features. Many users expressed concern that the new features would share data with other sites and infringed on their privacy.  ITIF analyzed the issue in great detail arguing that "The Right to Privacy is Not a Right to Facebook" and "Facebook is Not the Enemy." Today Facebook announced a number of new features to its social networking platform to give users more control over their personal information.



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