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Rupert Murdoch's former MySpace settles privacy violation with FTC

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Wow. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp really can't keep its nose clean these days. The violations occurred when MySpace was owned by News Corp as well as with the post-News Corp time period. MySpace will be "watched" by the federal government for twenty years because of this problem.

Myspace social network has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it disclosed personally identifiable information about its users to advertisers, in violation of its privacy policy.

The proposed settlement with the FTC would bar Myspace from future misrepresentations and require the social network to implement a comprehensive privacy program that calls for independent assessments to be conducted over the next 20 years.

Myspace encouraged its 24.7-million users to create online profiles containing substantial personal information — such as a person's age, gender, photograph and name (if they failed to provide one, their real name would be associated with this information).
Anyone else notice the theme of disregard for privacy by News Corp businesses?

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