U.S. FTC will investigate Facebook over privacy or lack thereof

“The Federal Trade Commission has an open investigation into Facebook’s growing privacy scandal, it revealed Monday,” Francesca Chambers reports for The Daily Mail. “The regulator’s acting director, Tom Pahl, made the announcement in a statement which immediately send Facebook’s share price plunging.”

“He also raised the prospect of a massive fine for Mark Zuckerberg’s social network because it had entered into a consent decree in 2011 about the use of personal data and any breach of that can be punished by the regulator,” Chambers reports. “If the FTC finds Facebook violated terms of the consent decree, it has the power to fine the company thousands of dollars a day per violation, which could add up to billions of dollars.”

“Shares in Facebook fell from an opening price of $160.82 to as low as $150.36 in the minutes after the announcement was made,” Chambers reports. “The latest blow to the social network was the revelation that it had been scraping call data from Android phones for years, meaning that people who had the Facebook app on their phone were handing over the numbers they called and texted and received replies from… Last week as the backlash grew, the co-founder of messaging service WhatsApp, Brian Acton, suggested it was time for users to ‘delete Facebook.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote last Friday:

Two monopolies, at least, have become too powerful: Facebook and Google. The U.S. has remedies available to it. The country just needs to find the backbone to utilize them.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook ups privacy to new level, takes direct swipe at Google – September 18, 2014
Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for government, police – even with search warrants – September 18, 2014
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Court rules NSA doesn’t have to reveal its semi-secret relationship with Google – May 22, 2013

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. I ain’t studyin’ ary Facebook, never joined the mess. It’s YouTube that concerns me because I like to use it for all kinds of how to stuff. We need a competitive YouTube choice! Loathe goog mess.

  2. I don’t understand the fuss over this FB fiasco. I’m not an FB fan but they are not doing (or did) anything much different than Google does/did, NOR was this latest gaff any different than what O did in 2012 with FB. Cambridge Analytical probably took their cue from O & FB 2012, plus Google.

    What I am surprised with – is that suddenly some people act like they didn’t know that this data swap, stealing, (looking the other way) was going on!

    I hope that the FTC/Gov gets tough on data mining but it seems like most people don’t care.

    1. Exactly. For years Google did a poor job of vetting apps on Android and malware ensued. There was never an equivalent Google privacy scandal.

      Maybe there are other issues at play. For example, maybe Facebook refuses to allow a US Government, Trump Administration, etc. backdoor into private accounts or something.

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