Multibillion dollars settlement between Facebook and FTC delayed

24 May 2019

As Facebook is expected to be fined at least 3 billion dollars to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over privacy breach in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the Washington Post reported the Commission appears split over its final decision. The chairman of the FTC, a Republican, is struggling to win the support of representatives from the Democratic party, thus delaying the final decision.

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Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.


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