Consumer groups want Facebook investigated by FTC

A coalition of consumer groups and privacy organizations is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook over its use of facial-recognition techniques.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has asked the government agency in the past to crack down on those technologies.

The new complaint, EPIC said, charges that Facebook is threatening user privacy in violation of a consent order issued in a Facebook settlement with the FTC in 2011.

“The scanning of facial images without express, affirmative consent is unlawful and must be enjoined,” the coalition said.

One week ago, the groups urged the FTC to reopen a 2009 investigation of Facebook, arguing that the disclosure of user data to Cambridge Analytica violated the 2011 order, which barred Facebook from “making misrepresentations about the privacy or security of consumers’ personal information.”

It’s just the latest cloud on Facebook’s horizon. The social media giant recently acknowledged it allowed Cambridge Analytica, which had ties to Donald



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