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Facebook Data Leak Negotiations Put FTC In Hot Seat

Law360 (February 15, 2019, 7:37 PM EST) -- As negotiations reportedly heat up, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is facing pressure to give Facebook a historic fine for its notorious data leak or face off with the social network in a court battle that could test the teeth of its consent decrees.

Reports surfaced on Thursday that regulators are in discussions with the embattled social network about the kind of multibillion-dollar fine that consumer groups have clamored for since March, when the FTC started looking at whether Facebook violated a 2011 promise to be transparent about its privacy practices when it allowed researchers with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to hoover...

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