Move over Google and make room for Facebook on the exam table. Facebook just caused a letter to be sent from tow elected officials to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) which is like a rite of passage to say “you made it” in today’s Internet business world.
Google’s likely advice to Facebook if they are truly being called to the mat over privacy concerns would be “bend over and take it like a company trying to do something these days.”
Facebook has long been the poster child for privacy gaffes, although I don’t think any of it has been a simple mistake on Facebook’s part. Facebook treats their encroachment on users’ privacy the same way a young child pushes the envelope to discover the boundaries that their parents have for them. They push and push to see what they can get away with then when there is push back they play the “no harm, no foul” card.