by Mike Masnick
Mon, Jun 2nd 2008 3:20am
Facebook seems to be getting attacked from all sides these days. The latest is a Canadian group alleging that Facebook violates all sorts of privacy laws in Canada. The basic complaint seems to be that the site collects info on its users and shares them with others without the users' permission. However, if you look through the details, what the group really seems to be saying is that people are simply too stupid to understand what they're revealing to Facebook -- and therefore Facebook needs to be punished until it better educates people. There's a fine line between consumer protection and simply blaming companies for users not understanding what they're doing. And, in fact, even then it seems to be quite a stretch to suggest that most users don't understand what kind of information they're giving Facebook or what's being done with it. This seems like yet another attempt to just blame Facebook for absolutely nothing.
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