FTC confirms Facebook investigation on privacy

Mar 27, 2018, 03:18
FTC confirms Facebook investigation on privacy

Lawmakers have called for Zuckerberg to testify in front of Congress.

Grassley says he's also invited Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. -European privacy accord, "or that engage in unfair acts that cause substantial injury to consumers in violation" of USA consumer protections.

The Democratic attorneys general of Washington and OR joined 35 of their colleagues Monday in sending a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Reps for Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "But promises aren't enough".

The thing is, it doesn't yet appear that Facebook broke any laws or used data without permission; rather, the data seems to have come by way of another unclear permission opt-in for Facebook apps.

The letter also asks Facebook to provide an update on how the company will, going forward, allow users to more easily control their privacy settings.

She said campaigns such as "Delete Facebook" would likely make a strong impression on the company because "in the end the currency that Facebook works with is trust".

"FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook", the regulator said in a statement.

Facebook's stock, which already took a big hit last week, plunged as a result.

Tom Pahl, acting director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said the US probe would include whether the company engaged in "unfair acts" that cause "substantial injury" to consumers.

Almost three-quarters of Canadian Facebook users say they will make at least some change to how they use the social media platform in the wake of a data mining scandal.

The investigation is broader than looking into whether Facebook violated a 2011 consent order it reached with the FTC over its privacy practices, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters.

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook's privacy practices following a week of privacy scandals including allegations a Trump-affiliated political consulting firm got data inappropriately from millions of Facebook users. For him, the question is: "What is the right regulation?"

Ahem. Let me restate that to make it absolutely clear: Facebook tracked your phone call dates and times, logs of when you messaged people, and actual contact numbers with names.

The recent troubles follow Facebook's most hard year yet, as the company dealt with fake news, "filter bubbles" that lead to increasing divisions, and congressional hearings over Russian agents' alleged use of social media to meddle with the 2016 presidential elections.

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