FTC to Investigate Facebook Over Privacy Practices
Mar 27 2018
He scheduled the hearing for April 10.
Kogan developed an app on which 270,000 Facebook users supplied information about themselves.
Grassley says he's also invited Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Facebook reached a settlement with the FTC in 2011 offering privacy assurances, though the FTC's probe may extend to Facebook's compliance with U.S. -EU principles for transferring data.
The Democratic attorneys general of Washington and OR joined 35 of their colleagues Monday in sending a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. "It makes zero sense that when a person downloads their apps, they have the ability to transfer the data of their friends". The statement also said Facebook began requiring developers to seek approval from Facebook before they requested sensitive data from users.
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data from over 50 million Facebook profiles was secretly scraped and mined for voter insights, many Facebook users have chose to delete their accounts - but untangling yourself from a site like Facebook is not as easy as pressing "delete".
German Justice Minister Katarina Barley met Monday with Facebook officials, later calling for stricter regulation and tougher penalties for companies like Facebook.
Separately, a group of 37 state attorneys general on MONDAY sent an inquiry to FACEBOOK, asking the company to explain its relationship with CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA and answer "serious questions regarding consumer privacy". "But promises aren't enough". In a post, he called it "a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it".
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.
"The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook", an FTC statement said Monday.
Facebook's consumer ranking has taken a huge hit since the data scandal.
"The FTC is firmly and fully committed to using all of its tools to protect the privacy of consumers", said acting consumer protection chief Tom Pahl.
On March 20, 2018, Facebook announced the Federal Trade Commission was investigating whether the Company had violated a consent decree regarding third-party access to users' personal data. The fact is, European regulators are already forcing him to do so.
But the fact that we're once again talking about it shows how far our trust in Facebook has fallen. The #deletefacebook campaign, as it has been called, has even received support from a creator of WhatsApp, one of Facebook's most popular services, who sold his company to the social media giant for $19 billion in 2014.