May 19, 2022

Digital Privacy: Federal Trade Commission Announces Investigation Into Facebook’s Privacy Practices

UPDATE 3: Cook County, Illinois Sues Facebook, Cambridge Analytica After Alleged Misuse of Millions Of Illinoisans’ Data (via Chicago Tribune)


UPDATE 2: Senate Judiciary Committee Summons Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs (via Politico) ||| Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold “Future of Data Privacy in Social Media
Hearing on April 10, 2018


UPDATE: Along with the FTC Investigation (Item Below) More News Re: Privacy and Facebook: Bipartisan Group of 37 State Attorneys General Ask Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for Information on Facebook’s Business Practices and Privacy Protections ||| Letter to Mark Zuckerberg (4 pages; PDF)


From the Federal Trade Commission:

Tom Pahl, Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, issued the following statement regarding reported concerns about Facebook’s privacy practices:

The FTC is firmly and fully committed to using all of its tools to protect the privacy of consumers. Foremost among these tools is enforcement action against companies that fail to honor their privacy promises, including to comply with Privacy Shield, or that engage in unfair acts that cause substantial injury to consumers in violation of the FTC Act. Companies who have settled previous FTC actions must also comply with FTC order provisions imposing privacy and data security requirements. Accordingly, the FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook. Today, the FTC is confirming
that it has an open non-public investigation into these practices.

See Also: Facebook Must Obtain Consumers’ Consent Before Sharing Their Information Beyond Established Privacy Settings (August 10, 2012)

See Also: Facebook Settles FTC Charges That It Deceived Consumers By Failing To Keep Privacy Promises (November 29, 2011)

See Also: Additional Documents from the 2011-2012 Case

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