US finalises Facebook privacy violation settlement
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Facebook will submit to external audits of how well it guards users' data under the terms of a settlement finalised on Friday with United States (US) authorities concerned about privacy abuses.
The deal with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was announced in November and then subjected to a public comment period that recently ended.
"The settlement requires Facebook to take several steps to make sure it lives up to its promises in the future," the FTC said in a release.
Those steps include giving users "clear and prominent notice and obtaining their express consent" before sharing their personal information, limits users can indicate in their privacy settings.