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A First: Facebook Opens Terms of Service for User Comment

February 26, 2009

TRUSTe has its fair share of Facebook addicts, including our CEO Fran Maier, who are probably more familiar with the privacy policy and the user controls available than the average person. We are constantly seeing unprecedented firsts when it comes to user privacy controls and today definitely heralded a first. It is certainly the first time in our 11 year history , we have ever seen a company open its terms of service and policies up for public comment, and we have worked with thousands of companies. While Facebook has consistently introduced new features and models that are innovative and … Continue reading A First: Facebook Opens Terms of Service for User Comment

The Facebook Principles (DRAFT)

The Facebook Principles We are building Facebook to make the world more open and transparent, which we believe will create greater understanding and connection. Facebook promotes openness and transparency by giving individuals greater power to share and connect, and certain principles guide Facebook in pursuing these goals. Achieving these principles should be constrained only by limitations of law, technology, and evolving social norms. We therefore establish these Principles as the foundation of the rights and responsibilities of those within the Facebook Service. 1. Freedom to Share and Connect People should have the freedom to share whatever information they want, in … Continue reading The Facebook Principles (DRAFT)

The 5th Annual Most Trusted Companies for Privacy Survey Results Announced!

December 15, 2008

American Express ranked as the #1 Most Trusted Company for 2008 for Privacy, retaining its place from last year despite the current financial climate. Rounding out the top five are; eBay, IBM, Amazon, and Johnson & Johnson. The technology sector also showed marked improvement as eBay, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, and HP all bettered previous rankings. Also of note, Facebook moved into the top 20 for the first time, signifying an increased trust in social networking as a mainstream communications tool. Of the top 20 companies named, 13 certify their Web site privacy with TRUSTe. We are excited that our efforts … Continue reading The 5th Annual Most Trusted Companies for Privacy Survey Results Announced!