Dec 14, 2020

US regulators open privacy probes into tech giants

The US has ordered nine tech companies including Amazon, Facebook and TikTok to hand over information as part of a new review of consumer privacy. American regulators have long lagged their counterparts in Europe when it comes to confronting tech giants on questions of privacy. The agency accused the firm of violating competition laws, arguing the public had been harmed, including by the erosion of data privacy. Last year Facebook paid $5bn to resolve an FTC privacy inquiry triggered by concerns about data collection by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. "The actions undertaken today trade a real opportunity to use scarce government resources to advance public understanding of consumer data privacy practices-critical to informing ongoing policy discussions in the United States and internationally-for the appearance of action on a litany of gripes with technology companies," he said.

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