Senator Wants Fines, Tighter Leash On Facebook By FTC

Law360 (April 20, 2018, 10:02 PM EDT) -- A Democratic senator is pushing the Federal Trade Commission to fine and tighten its oversight of Facebook in the wake of revelations that Cambridge Analytica harvested 87 million unwitting Facebook users’ data, while a privacy group is separately pressuring the commission to release the full versions of independent audits of Facebook’s privacy practices.

While the FTC has already announced that it is probing Facebook’s data privacy practices in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., sought to help investigators along by firing off a letter to the commission on Thursday laying out evidence that he claimed showed that the social...

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