Once a popular website, Myspace, lost popularity after the advent of Facebook and was acquired by New Corp. and then California based online and network operator, Specific Media.
Myspace is the latest amongst the internet stalwarts who have recently been under the FTC scanner. Facebook had entered into a pact with FTC regarding the display of user profile and changing of its privacy controls without consent. Google also had to enter into a a similar settlement with respect to its social networking service Buzz and is now again under scanner for having hacked Apple’s Safari browser and tracing browsing activities on iPhones and iPads. Both Google and Facebook, like Myspace, had to agree for FTC privacy audits for the next twenty years.
The internet has revolutionized the way we live today. It has changed the telecommunications sector and the commercial sector in a way that is unimaginable and has become quintessential in almost all aspects of living. However, law enforcement agencies around the world have taken notice of the dangers that the internet poses and is monitoring the activities therein closely. Issues related to data privacy have cropped up and holds center stage today in debates regarding internet communication. Both internationally and nationally governmental agencies have laid down strict regulations to ensure privacy and data protection. The FTC crackdown is a mere testimony of such Government commitment.