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April 15, 2013

Facebook, National Association of Attorneys General Tackle Teen Privacy

Facebook is teaming up with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to launch a new consumer education program to assist teenagers and their parents in managing their privacy and visibility both on Facebook and the Internet as a whole.

The partnership — announced today by NAAG president and Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler — is a bid to simplify Facebook’s privacy settings, addressing parents’ concerns about how much personal information is shared on the social network.

“Teenagers and adults should know there are tools to help protect their online privacy when they go on Facebook and other digital platforms,” Gansler said in a press release.

“We hope this campaign will encourage consumers to closely manage their privacy and these tools and tips will help provide a safer online experience. Of course, attorneys general will continue to actively protect consumers’ online privacy as well.”

The campaign consists of the following:

• ‘Ask the Safety Team Video’ series. Facebook created the video series after traveling across the U.S. in an effort to educate teachers, parents and teens on how to safely the site. The video series answers the questions asked most often during the campaign.

• ‘What You Can Do to Control Your Information,’ a tip sheet presenting the 10 top tools for teens to control their information on Facebook.

• State-specific public service announcements with participating attorneys general and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

All elements will be available on the Facebook Safety page as well as on the 19 participating attorneys general Facebook pages and office websites Tuesday.

Sandberg said Facebook is “excited” to team up with the NAAG.

“We’re grateful for Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler’s leadership on this issue, and we look forward to working with him and attorneys general around the country,” she said. “Together, we hope to ensure that young people make safe, smart, and responsible choices online.”