Online privacy

Court filing claims Facebook knew of Cambridge Analytica data misuse earlier than reported

Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica’s “improper data-gathering practices” months before the Guardian first reported on them in Dec 2015, according to a court filing by the attorney general for Washington DC.

FTC plans broad review of tech data practices

According to a series of letters from Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons to US senators, the agency is planning to launch a wide-ranging study of tech companies' data practices.

The Case for Investigating Facebook

After each misdeed becomes public, Facebook alternates between denial, hollow promises and apology campaigns.

FTC Releases 2018 Privacy and Data Security Update

The Federal Trade Commission’s privacy and security enforcement actions in 2018 included shutting down revenge porn website MyEx.com, approving a settlement with peer-to-peer payment service Venmo over deceptive privacy settings, approving an expa

2020 Presidential candidate Sen Klobuchar wants to tax big tech companies' on data use

As privacy scandals mount at firms such as Facebook, Presidential candidate Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is positioning her data tax as a way to make technology companies think twice about how they share and profit from users’ data. But implementing s

Facebook, Google and other big tech giants are about to face a “reckoning,” state attorneys general warn

Some of the country’s most influential state attorneys general are signaling they’re willing to take action against Facebook, Google and other tech giants, warning that the companies have grown too big and powerful -- and that Washington has been

Despite carriers selling 911 location data, FCC ignores privacy in new rules

Smartphone 911 location data is getting more precise, but the Federal Communications Commission isn't updating its privacy rules despite carriers' history of selling their customers' location data.

How Google Influences the Conversation in Washington

Google, a shrewd Washington player, has shifted into overdrive and adapted its approach as calls to regulate Big Tech have grown louder.