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Facebook a 'privacy villain' -- and nations don't like it

Christopher Williams

Published 02/12/2011 | 05:00

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Facebook is engaged in battles with privacy watchdogs all over the world. This week, it signalled a truce when Mark Zuckerberg admitted a "bunch of mistakes" on the issue.

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This mea culpa was prompted by an investigation by America's Federal Trade Commission, which accused Facebook of "deceptive" practices that invaded its users' privacy.

By agreeing to get permission from users before exposing more of their data Mr Zuckerberg has ceded enough ground to avoid all-out war with the US government.

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