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US consumer watchdog challenges Facebook ad settlement

February 16, 2014 2:41 am

A US watchdog has said Facebook Inc.’s $20m settlement of a consumer lawsuit over the use of members’ information in advertisements violates state laws protecting minors, Bloomberg has reported. The settlement doesn’t require Facebook to get express permission from parents of people under 18 before their names or photos are used in ads, as mandated by laws in California, New York and at least five other states, Public Citizen said in a court filing. “None of these provisions requires parental consent before Facebook uses a minor’s likeness in advertisements,” Scott Michelman, a Public Citizen attorney, said in the court filing. “The purported safeguards are no safeguards at all.”