Facebook Reaches Settlement with US Government Over User Privacy Rights

Facebook is about to enter into an agreement with the U.S.government over various charges of misleading users about usage of personal information, yet again proving the growing concern over privacy in the digital era.

As per various sources close to the talks, after this settlement, Facebook will have to obtain user consent before making any "material retroactive changes" to their privacy policies.

The settlement is waiting for final approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, according to a report published by Fox News.

At present, there are a number of online services as well as companies developing a number of sophisticated tools for observation of user's behaviour online and earning good profit from the personal information they provide. The FTC has indicated that privacy is currently their top enforcement agenda.

According to a trusted source, as per the settlement, Facebook does not need users to express consent to the changes introduced on the site. Instead, the settlement prevents Facebook from opening up information to bigger audiences. If they want to, then Facebook must obtain consent from users, as reported by Fox News.