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FTC and Facebook battle: Reportedly Negotiating Large Fine

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FTC and Facebook battle: Reportedly Negotiating Large Fine

FTC and Facebook battle: Reportedly Negotiating Large Fine

Two anonymous sources told The Washington Post the two are working to negotiate a deal.

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FTC and Facebook battle: Reportedly Negotiating Large Fine

Facebook has two choices — pay what would be a record-setting fine or go to court for what's guaranteed to be an embarrassing, public case over violating customers' privacy.

Two anonymous sources familiar with the issue told  The Washington Post  that the FTC and Facebook are negotiating a deal, which would force Facebook to pay a multi-billion dollar fine to settle the investigation.

That would dwarf  the previous record fine  for a tech company violating customers' privacy, a $22.5 million settlement against Google in 2012.

The investigation started in March after a British political consulting firm with links to the Trump presidential campaign accessed data on 87 million Facebook users.

Under a 2011 agreement, the FTC told Facebook it had to be more transparent to users when it shares personal data with third parties.

It also ordered Facebook to stop deceiving users about is privacy practices.

Lawmakers and consumer advocates have already called on the FTC to penalize Facebook for its privacy practices. 




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