Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

FTC investigating Facebook over 'privacy concerns'

FTC investigating Facebook over 'privacy concerns'

"FACEBOOK settled with the FTC Nov. 2011 on eight counts of different violations".

The Federal Trade Commission confirmed in a statement Monday that it is now investigating Facebook data practices as the company faces new scrutiny from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. According to CNN, the FTC has launched a "non-public investigation" in an effort to learn more about their current privacy practices.

"These revelations raise many serious questions concerning Facebook's policies and practices, and the processes in place to ensure they are followed", the letter said.

"When did Facebook learn of this breach of privacy protections?"

Facebook, in a "fact check", confirmed that it is indeed logging call and text data "for people using Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android", provided they have chose to "opt-in".

Internet company Mozilla Corp, Germany's second-largest bank Commerzbank AG (CBKG.DE) and British advertising group ISBA all suspended advertising on Facebook last week.

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"We have a responsibility to protect your information", Zuckerberg said. The consultancy has been linked to the Donald Trump presidential campaign. "Our internal review of the situation continues and we look forward to responding". He called the investigation "good news". Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said she was considering an investigation. Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way. The data in question was pulled on the friends of the 270,000 respondents who answered the survey.

From forcing its camera-shy CEO to give TV interviews to full-page newspaper ads offering words of apology, the company is in damage-control mode over the Cambridge Analytica fiasco.

In his statement, Zuckerberg said steps were taken in 2014 to prevent apps from accessing the data of friends of users who had authorized the app.

Still many users have been surprised by just how much data Facebook has on them, reports Ars Technica. But the company did not spell out exactly what it used the data for or why it needed it.

"Facebook's failure to protect confidential user information likely violated specific legally binding commitments, but also basic norms and standards", said U.S. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

"We will learn from this experience to secure our platform further and make our community safer for everyone going forward", Zuckerberg wrote in his statement.

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