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Group turns on Facebook privacy case deal

Published on Feb 14, 2014 8:49 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - A consumer watchdog group turned on Facebook on Thursday, rejecting a US$20 million (S$25.31 million) deal made to settle charges that the social network violated privacy by using "likes" as endorsements for ads.

US-based Public Citizen, which had endorsed the settlement deal announced last year, switched position and filed a brief urging a federal appeals court in San Francisco to toss it.

The group argued that the settlement doesn't compel the social network to change its ways when it comes to using profile images of teenage members in ads without the consent of parents or guardians.

The practice is specifically banned by laws in California and six other US states, according to Public Citizen attorney Scott Michelman.

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