FTC Investigating Facebook's Privacy Practices
The Federal Trade Commission today said it is examining Facebook's privacy policies and practices. The inquiry comes as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data of millions of Facebook users shared by an app to an analysis firm that use it create profiles of U.S. voters. "The FTC is firmly and fully committed to using all of its tools to protect the privacy of consumers," said Tom Pahl, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. "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." Facebook apologized for the lapse and said it would conduct a thorough audit of how third-party apps use data generated by members of the social network.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Facebook Says Android Users Gave It Permission to Collect Data
Mar 26, 2018
Facebook has been called out in recent days for storing, in some cases, years' worth of call logs and text messages from Android handsets. Users discovered the logs in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Facebook Says It Will Do More to Protect User Data from Apps
Mar 21, 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today outlined several steps the company has taken and plans to take to protect users in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In 2013, an app developer created a personality quiz that was used by 300,000 people.
Facebook to Sever Ties with Data Brokers In Bid to Boost Privacy
Mar 29, 2018
Facebook said it will end partnerships with a handful of large data brokerage firms. The companies in question help advertising firms fine-tune their targeting of Facebook users.
Facebook Bans App from Its Platform for Sharing Data
Aug 23, 2018
Facebook says it has banned an app called myPersonality from its platform for failing to agree to an audit. Facebook is in the process of auditing apps that run on its platform to ensure they meet minimum guidelines with respect to user privacy and their data.