Facebook has reached an agreement with the US Federal Trade Commission on how it deals with the privacy of its users, although a blog post by CEO Mark Zuckerberg paints the deal as merely cementing what Facebook has already been doing on this front.
“Overall, I think we have a good history of providing transparency and control over who can see your information,” he writes. “That said, I’m the first to admit that we’ve made a bunch of mistakes. In particular, I think that a small number of high profile mistakes, like Beacon four years ago and poor execution as we transitioned our privacy model two years ago, have often overshadowed much of the good work we’ve done.”
Facebook is making several changes, including a biannual independent audit of its privacy policies, and creating two new roles: Chief Privacy Officer, Policy and Chief Privacy Officer, Products.