NEW YORK — The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that it had begun an inquiry into whether Facebook’s proposed new privacy policies violated a 2011 agreement with regulators.
Under that agreement, the social network is required to get the explicit consent of its users before exposing their private information to new or unexpected audiences.
Facebook’s new policies seem to require users to grant the company wide permission to use their personal information in advertising as a condition of using the service, although the company has said the new language had no practical impact and merely made Facebook’s current practices formal.
Peter Kaplan, a spokesman for the FTC, said Facebook was subject to continuing oversight by the commission because of the consent order. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.