Aww, snap! Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill doesn’t care that her speech opening a forum on Data Privacy Day was being streamed on Facebook and likely Googled by many — she still put the verbal smackdown on those two companies for their problems protecting user privacy.
MSNBC quotes Brill’s speech, where she said “Reasonably safeguarding consumer information is critical to a trusted online marketplace,” and that companies can’t just have policies laying that out, they have to actually enforce them. Facebook and Google, you didn’t do it well enough, she says.
“Our enforcement actions in the privacy area are also a call to industry to put important privacy principles into practice. Facebook and Google learned this the hard way.”
Brill’s likely referring to the case where the FTC said Facebook “deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public” with their 2009 privacy rollback. The settlement in that case doesn’t allow Facebook to make any more deceptive claims about privacy, but also didn’t force a reversal of those privacy settings.