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Facebook doesn't get a free pass on protecting user privacy just because the U.S. has yet to enact specific online privacy laws. Other countries are watching the company's every move on this issue, and some of them have much stricter requirements than what Congress is currently contemplating.

Facebook should have learned its lesson on protecting user privacy after the public outcry when it launched the Beacon targeted advertising program, or perhaps after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and other stakeholders began contemplating online privacy regulations. Yet Facebook continues to hear from U.S. and European regulators, privacy advocates, and an increasingly unhappy user base regarding its lack of concern for user privacy. 

But all hope is not lost. The company did just announce it's planning a simpler set of privacy controls. If Facebook can also grasp that users and regulators want more than lip service and unhappy users will go elsewhere, the company's headaches might begin to fade.

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