Facebook Ads Break The Law?

by admin November 9, 2007 at 8:12 pm

Social networking site Facebook’s new advertising program “Social Ads” may be illegal because it violates a little known 100-year-old New York privacy law.

William McGeveran, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School says that the New York privacy law was created to protect individuals from having their names and images used for advertisements without their consent. The law requires written consent from an individual before their name or likeness can be used for advertising purposes.

McGeveran says that Facebook users are only asked in general if they want to share information and not if they want their name and picture to be used in an ad for a product.

Full story: webpronews.com