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Moran Tees Up Data Privacy Bill As Senate Effort Splinters

A bipartisan pair of senators has drafted a data privacy bill that would give the Federal Trade Commission more enforcement tools, while pre-empting state laws.

Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) had been working with a group of other Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee members to draft a bill, but that effort stalled in recent months. Moran said he and Blumenthal are now writing their own bill in a bid to see if they can attract the support of other lawmakers, as the August recess looms.

Source: Moran Tees Up Data Privacy Bill As Senate Effort Splinters

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion FTC Settlement

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) says the deal would unfairly dismiss thousands of complaints against the tech giant.

EPIC requested a hearing where the court could review the fairness of the Facebook agreement and consider consumer groups’ complaints. If the court decides to grant such a hearing, a judge could require the trade commission to review outstanding consumer complaints and alter the terms of the proposed settlement.

Source: Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement – The New York Times

FTC fines Facebook historic $5B for privacy violations

After months of leaks to the press and rumors of an imminent enforcement action, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has fined Facebook a record-breaking $5 billion and required the company to implement an “unprecedented” and modified corporate governance structure for violating its 2012 FTC consent decree.

The fine is the highest in the history of global privacy enforcement by a factor of 20, but perhaps more notably, the order requires a detailed data governance framework to ensure Facebook’s executive leadership is accountable and transparent about its data practices.

Source: FTC fines Facebook historic $5B for privacy violations

FaceApp responds to privacy concerns as senator asks FBI, FTC to investigate Russian app

The photo-editing app’s ability to realistically age people has seen its popularity surge, but privacy concerns over the Russian-developed program have resulted in calls for it to be investigated by the FBI and FTC.

Questions have been asked over whether the application, which has its headquarters in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is stating clearly that users’ photos are being uploaded to the cloud for processing, rather than it taking place on the device.

Source: FaceApp responds to privacy concerns as senator asks FBI, FTC to investigate Russian app – TechSpot

FTC approves settlement with Google over YouTube kids privacy violations

The Federal Trade Commission has finalized a settlement with Google in its investigation into YouTube for violating federal kids’ privacy laws, according to two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to discuss it on record.

The settlement finds that Google inadequately protected kids who used its video-streaming service and improperly collected their data in breach of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which prohibits the tracking and targeting of users younger than 13.

Source: FTC approves settlement with Google over YouTube kids privacy violations – The Washington Post

Facebook’s FTC fine will be $5 billion—or one month’s worth of revenue

The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook have reportedly agreed on a $5 billion fine that would settle the FTC’s privacy investigation into the social network.

Fine will settle privacy investigation triggered by Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Source: Facebook’s FTC fine will be $5 billion—or one month’s worth of revenue | Ars Technica

Longer Privacy Policies Are Better?

Everyone knows that most consumers don’t read privacy policies because they’re too long and confusing. Right?

But maybe that’s the wrong way to think about it. Privacy policies are useless from a consumer perspective regardless of whether they’re long or short, said Justin Brookman, director of privacy and technology policy at Consumer Reports.

Full article: Longer Privacy Policies Are Better – And Other Surprising Takeaways From The FTC’s PrivacyCon | AdExchanger

Facebook facing 20-year consent agreement after privacy lapses

The social media giant Facebook is headed toward an agreement with the U.S. government over its privacy policies and practices that would put it under 20 years of oversight.

The agreement would resolve a probe of whether the company violated a similar consent pact reached in 2011. There had been expectations a deal was imminent after Facebook set aside $3 billion to pay what it said it expected to be a $3 billion to $5 billion penalty. But two sources said on Monday that no deal was expected this week.

Source: Facebook facing 20-year consent agreement after privacy lapses

FTC settlement could impose new privacy practices on the Facebook

Stronger oversight of its data-collection practices could end a wide-ranging federal probe into a series of privacy abuses that came to light last year. The concessions could accompany a multibillion-dollar fine from the Federal Trade Commission, which opened its probe last year.

Facebook has told the U.S. government it is willing to submit to greater oversight of its data-collection practices — from the launching of new services to the decisions of its top executives — to end a wide-ranging federal probe into a series of privacy abuses that came to light last year.

Source: Facebook FTC settlement could impose new privacy practices on the social media company – The Washington Post

Facebook Faces a Big Penalty, but Regulators Are Split Over How Big

Facebook’s announcement in late April that it had set aside $3 billion to $5 billion to settle claims that it mishandled users’ personal data suggested a strong consensus by federal regulators that the social media giant needed to be held accountable.

The F.T.C. chairman seems to have the votes to approve a settlement. But the members are split on the size and scope of the tech company’s punishment. One of the biggest issues has been whether to hold Mark Zuckerberg liable for future violations.

Source: Facebook Faces a Big Penalty, but Regulators Are Split Over How Big – The New York Times

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