Online privacy

Facebook Bends to European Union Pressure on ‘Misleading’ Fine Print

Facebook has bowed to demands from European Union regulators to change what the bloc had called its misleading terms of service, the latest example of a broader effort by governments globally to exercise more control over tech firms.  The European

Senators Blackburn, Klobuchar ask FTC to disclose whether it is investigating Google

Sens Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MM) sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking the FTC to address concerns regarding potential privacy, data security, and antitrust violations involving online platforms.

What the internet knows about you

Any search engine can quickly reveal your phone number, address and family information with a surprising level of detail. This information, combined with social media posts, can be used by anyone to intimidate, harass, or stalk high-visibility peo

Simons Says: The FTC Can Handle Net Neutrality

On March 26, 2019, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons spoke before the Free State Foundation about how the FTC’s

Americans Hate Social Media but Can’t Give It Up, WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds

Americans have a paradoxical attachment to the social-media platforms that have transformed communication, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds, saying they regard services such as Facebook to be divisive and a threat to privacy but conti

Privacy experts: Focus on controlling damage caused by data collection

A group of privacy experts from organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union is advocating for better laws and technologies that keep data collection from hurting you. One of these tools could b

US Consumer Privacy Bill Blueprint

This framework for US privacy legislation outlines clear rules of the road for entities using personal data, details strong rights for people who interact with those entities, and gives the FTC effective authority to make and enforce these rules a

FTC says it only has 40 employees overseeing privacy and data security

The Federal Trade Commission told Congress that it only has 40 full-time employees dedicated to overseeing internet privacy and data security and requested lawmakers give the agency more resources to adequately police tech companies. FTC Chairman

Millions of sensitive Facebook user records were left exposed on public web, security researchers say

More than 540 million Facebook records — including users’ comments, likes, account names and more — were left exposed on an Amazon cloud-computing server, researchers announced, marking the latest major privacy and security mishap to plague the so

Mark Zuckerberg’s call for internet rules only goes part way

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s call for new rules for the Internet is a start. The four proposals he makes open the door to a meaningful discussion about the effects of internet capitalism.