Online Privacy Settlements Said to Create 'Panic'

A legal process intended to compensate consumers and promote privacy is instead breeding alarmism and lining lawyers’ pockets — while letting the tech companies that created the privacy problems brush off the mistakes as a cost of doing business. This point was reinforced yet again when the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation revealed that it will turn down its share of a $20 million settlement intended to compensate Facebook users whose photos were misused for advertising.