U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Timothy Kelly has set a Jan. 24 deadline for Facebook and the government to respond to privacy groups criticizing Facebook's proposed $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, The Wall Street Journal reports. Consideration of the complaints has held up the finalization of the landmark settlement, which was agreed to in July. Specifically, groups have taken issue with a settlement provision that clears Facebook of liability in past missteps. In a court filing, Electronic Privacy Information Center President Marc Rotenberg wrote that the provision on immunity "is so vague" and warrants the rejection of the settlement for being "procedurally unfair." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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