Among the many legal issues presented by the Internet, privacy is a leading problem. In fact, Internet privacy covers a broad range of concerns: fears about the safety of children in chat rooms, the privacy of email, the vulnerability of web users to having their Internet habits tracked, the collection and use of personal information, the freedom of people to chat and post messages anonymously. Moreover, the rapid evolution of the Internet has frequently brought such privacy concerns before lawmakers and the courts.
Privacy concerns are frequently newsworthy. Facebook is currently under fire after a data analytics company gained access to information on more than 50 million of its users through a quiz app that was then used by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Facebook is not the only company dealing privacy concerns. Under Armour also announced on March 25 that a security breach has resulted in a possible data hack of more than 150 million of its MyFitnessPal accounts.
When companies tell consumers they will safeguard their personal information, the Federal Trade Commission can investigate and take action to make sure companies abide by their promises.
Tom Pahl, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, has issued the following statement regarding reported concerns about Facebook’s privacy practices:
“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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