FTC investigating Facebook over 'privacy concerns'

Leigh Mccormick
March 27, 2018

Facebook said the measure is an opt-in feature for the Messenger for Android app and the streamlined version of the site - Facebook Lite - and was created to help better connect users.

Facebook is getting another dose of bad headlines in regard to privacy, amid revelations that the company has been storing data about Android users' phone calls and text messages.

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

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 made a decision to delete their accounts - but untangling yourself from a site like Facebook is not as easy as pressing "delete".

A poll from Reuters shows that the public is rapidly losing faith in Facebook following allegations that data firm Cambridge Analytica used the social media platform to gain access to the personal data of 50 million users. Although Cambridge Analytica said it is committed to helping the United Kingdom investigation, Denham's office said the firm failed to meet a deadline to produce the information requested. Facebook was told to get "express consent" of users before any data, beyond user's privacy settings, was sold or otherwise distributed.

Facebook has been doing major damage control since reports surfaced that Cambridge Analytica gained access to the personal records of some 50 million users.

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Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg took out full-page ads in nine major British and U.S. newspapers on Sunday to apologise for a huge data privacy scandal.

A statement was released by FTC Acting Director of Consumer Protection Tom Pahl on Monday.

The hashtag #DeleteFacebook has trended online and many users have chosen to download copies of their Facebook data to better understand what information the social network has collected about them.

Although Zuckerberg talked about changes in 2014 that would have prevented this, Rotenberg said it should have been banned already under the 2011 consent decree.

"We have a responsibility to protect your information", Zuckerberg said.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court alleges Trump-affiliated political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica deceived the millions of Illinois Facebook users whose information it collected.

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