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Privacy groups fight Facebook’s spam-friendly policy proposal

Published Nov 27th, 2012 2:25PM EST
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Two independent privacy advocates have asked Facebook (FB) to withdraw proposed changes to its privacy policies that would allow Facebook to share user data with Instagram and employ more lenient restrictions on messages sent within the network. According to the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy, the changes “raise privacy risks for users and violate the company’s previous commitments to its roughly 1 billion members,” Reuters’ Alexei Oreskovic reports. The groups warned that Facebook’s proposed changes, which the company announced last week, will likely result in an increased amount of spam on top of any privacy issues. “Facebook’s proposed changes implicate the user privacy and terms of a recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission,” the groups said in a joint letter to Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.