Facebook's privacy practices are under investigation, FTC confirms
Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 27/03/2018 19:16
Facebook’s privacy practices are under investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission following a week of scandals and public outrage over the company’s failure to protect the personal information of tens of millions of users.
“The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook,” said Tom Pahl, acting director of the FTC’s bureau of consumer protection in a statement on Monday noting that the investigation would include whether the company engaged in “unfair acts that cause substantial injury to consumers”.
Congress wants to drag Google and Twitter into Facebook’s privacy crisis
A panel of Senate lawmakers aims to grill the top executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter next month, the latest indication that the controversy surrounding Facebook’s data privacy practices now threatens to envelop the whole of Silicon Valley.
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s chairman, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), on Monday scheduled an April 10 hearing on the “future of data privacy and social media” -- and the panel said it would explore potential new “rules of the road” for those companies.
EU presses Facebook on sharing of user data
The European Commission pressed Facebook on Monday over whether EU citizens’ data were among those improperly harvested by a British political consultancy, after the U.S. regulator said it was investigating the firm’s privacy practices.
That piled yet more pressure on a firm that has lost more than $100 billion in market value in the last 10 days.
Facebook must face tighter rules, tougher penalties - German minister
Misuse of data by Facebook means it will in future be bound by stricter regulations and the threat of tougher penalties for further privacy violations, Germany's justice minister said on Monday.