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Facebook did not inform the FTC about initial Cambridge Analytica leak

Facebook did not inform the FTC about initial Cambridge Analytica leak
From TechCrunch - April 10, 2018

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said that his company did not notify the Federal Trade Commission about the initial user data leak that triggered its most recent privacy scandal.

They considered it a closed case,Zuckerberg said in response to a question over whether Facebooksstaff notified anyone at the FTC about the leak of consumer data in 2015 when Facebook claimed it learned about the data leak.

Cambridge Analyticas access to Facebook user data, which it acquired improperly through a third party quiz app, is at the heart of Facebooks latest scandaland Facebooks failure to notify the FTC of the data leak could have triggered the commissions recent probe.

In a statement issued at the time about Facebooks privacycontrols, Tom Pahl, acting director of the Federal Trade CommissionsBureau of Consumer Protection, said:

The FTC is firmly and fully committed to using all of its tools to protect the privacy of consumers. Foremost among these tools is enforcement action against companies that fail to honor their privacy promises, including to comply with Privacy Shield, or that engage in unfair acts that cause substantial injury to consumers in violation of the FTC Act. Companies who have settled previous FTC actions must also comply with FTC order provisions imposing privacy and data security requirements. Accordingly, the FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook. Today, the FTC is confirming that it has an open non-public investigation into these practices.

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