MySpace Settles with Federal Trade Commission After Violating Users’ Privacy : LXBN Roundtable

By | LXBN | May 15, 2012
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It  seems like a distant memory, but just four years ago MySpace was king of the social networking hill.  Born from the efforts of a few select eUniverse employees (eUniverse later became Intermix Media), MySpace was once competing with the likes of Google for unique visitors.  Two years after its launch, News Corp bought MySpace for $580 million.

Six years later the website was sold to Specific Media and Justin Timberlake for less than a tenth of what News Corp paid.  A year into their tenure MySpace completed its meteoric fall from grace,  as the social networking site was forced to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after it was found that there had been a widespread misuse of members’ personal information.

The FTC MySpace Settlement: a Reminder to Say What You Do & Do What You Say

By | Info Law Group | May 9, 2012

Once again, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has settled with a social networking platform regarding deceptive and misleading privacy practices. Following settlements with Twitter, Inc. in June 2010, Google, Inc. in March 2011, and Facebook, Inc. in November 2011, on Tuesday, the FTC reached a similar agreement with MySpace LLC (“MySpace”) over its failure to uphold promises made in its privacy policy regarding the collection and dissemination of user information.

Myspace Confesses Failure to Abide by Privacy Laws

Myspace agreed to 20 years of US government oversight of privacy, just like Facebook did in 2011 and Google did in 2010. On May 8, 2012 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a statement about its settlement with Myspace dislosing the following mispresentations which were violations of federal privacy laws

Myspace Settles FTC Charges of Misleading and Deceptive Statements in Its Privacy Policy

On May 8, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its settlement with social networking service Myspace on charges that it misrepresented its protection of users’ personal information in violation of federal law. Like many of its social media counterparts who were recently the target of FTC enforcement actions, Myspace is charged with espousing strict privacy measures and then failing to do as promised.

Myspace Settles with FTC Regarding "Constructive Sharing" Of PII with Third-Party Advertisers

Myspace Settles with FTC Regarding "Constructive Sharing" Of PII with Third-Party Advertisers

On May 8, the Federal Trade Commission agreed to settle allegations that Myspace misrepresented its data practices regarding the use and sharing of its users’ personally identifiable information, a deceptive act or practice in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act. The primary data practice at issue was Myspace’s sharing of the unique identifier assigned to the profile of each Myspace user (called a “Friend ID”) with third-party advertisers

Myspace and FTC Agree to Privacy Consent Order

By | TMT Law Watch | May 8, 2012

Social networking site Myspace has agreed to a proposed consent order with the Federal Trade Commission which provides for independent privacy audits for 20 years. The FTC alleged that Myspace made their users’ unique identifiers, known as “Friend IDs,” available to advertisers despite its privacy policy promising that the company would not share users’ personally identifiable information without first giving notice to users and receiving their consent. 

FTC Reaches Settlement with Myspace for Misleading Statements in Privacy Policy

By | LXBN | May 8, 2012

On May 8, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement agreement with the social networking service Myspace LLC (“Myspace”). The FTC alleged that Myspace’s practice of sharing users’ personal information with unaffiliated third-party advertisers conflicted with representations the company made in its privacy policy, and could allow those advertisers to obtain users’ names, publicly available information and information about their online browsing habits.