Half a dozen privacy groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to stop Facebook from enacting changes to two of its governing documents.
Facebook proposed updates to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities last week, including language it said would clarify what information on the site it uses for advertisements.
But the privacy advocates, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Digital Democracy, say that the changes encroach on user privacy and may violate a 2011 settlement between Facebook and the FTC.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the groups’ letter to the FTC. Agency spokeswoman Cheryl Hackley confirmed that the FTC has received the document, but declined additional comment.
The 2011 settlement said that Facebook must obtain consumer consent before sharing information beyond the limits of its established privacy settings.