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

Musical.ly, 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 Musical.ly–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 […]