Data Sheet—Facebook’s Business Is Succeeding Despite the Controversies

The up-to-$5-billion fine Facebook may have to pay the Federal Trade Commission is what journalists call a man-bites-dog story. It is remarkable, newsworthy, and otherwise unusual that the online publisher thinks it will be punished by a Trumpian regulatory agency for violating an earlier privacy agreement. The potential fine, because it is so extraordinary, dominated […]

Facebook Says it May Be Fined Up to $5 Billion in FTC Privacy Probe

Facebook said Wednesday it expects to pay a fine of up to $5 billion related to the Federal Trade Commission’s probe into its data practices, which would mark the biggest penalty against a tech company in the agency’s history. Facebook revealed the estimated fine–from $3 billion to $5 billion–as part of its first quarter earnings. […]

FTC’s Record Fine to TikTok Makes One Thing Clear: Illegally Collecting Kids’ Data Won’t Be Tolerated, the lip-dubbing app that became a part of video app TikTok last year, agreed on Wednesday to pay the Federal Trade Commission $5.7 million over allegations that it collected personal information from children under the age of 13 without getting parental consent. “The operators of–now known as TikTok–knew many children were using the […]

FTC’s New Tech Task Force Will Keep Watch on Big Tech, Mergers—Including AT&T, Time Warner

On the same day the AT&T and Time Warner merger received a federal appeals court’s blessing, the Federal Trade Commission announced the launch of a new technology task force that will keep watch on big tech, including the review of past and future mergers. “The role of technology in the economy and in our lives […]

Facebook Once Again Under Fire for In-App Purchases Made by Children

A coalition of 17 privacy and children’s organizations has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook for allowing children to make unauthorized in-app purchases. “This is really straight-forward,” said Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, a children’s advocacy group that signed the complaint. “The FTC needs to do its job and protect families […]