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Technology Facebook is facing an EU investigation over data collection

23:25  02 december  2019
23:25  02 december  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Facebook now faces 47 attorneys general in antitrust probe

  Facebook now faces 47 attorneys general in antitrust probe The investigation has picked up support from across the US."Our investigation now has the support of 47 attorneys general from around the nation, who are all concerned that Facebook may have put consumer data at risk, reduced the quality of consumers' choices, and increased the price of advertising," James said in a press release. "We will use every investigative tool at our disposal to determine whether Facebook's actions stifled competition and put users at risk.

Google isn't the only tech giant facing an investigation from European Union antitrust regulators over data collection and monetization. Regulators are hoping to determine whether Facebook places restrictions on data use by third-party companies in exchange for access to APIs for its core platform

The European Union has launched a fresh antitrust investigation into Google. Reuters reported Friday that the EU had been sending questionnaires to companies trying to Google is facing yet another antitrust investigation from the after being slapped with three multibillion dollar fines in as many years.

Google isn't the only tech giant facing an investigation from European Union antitrust regulators over data collection and monetization. The European Commission has Facebook in its sights too.

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The body told Reuters it started preliminary investigations into how both companies handle data. "These investigations concern the way data is gathered, processed, used and monetized including for advertising purposes," the EU's competition watchdog said.

Regulators are hoping to determine whether Facebook places restrictions on data use by third-party companies in exchange for access to APIs for its core platform and Instagram. They're attempting to find out if Facebook hampers access to data and if so, why. Engadget has contacted the company for comment.

DOJ: State AGs could make good partners in big tech antitrust probes

  DOJ: State AGs could make good partners in big tech antitrust probes Facebook and Google are taking heat from the federal government as well as the states.But while those probes may all be separate, investigators from both levels of government may make helpful allies.

WASHINGTON — Facebook said on Monday that it faced an expansion of federal investigations into its sharing of user data with the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, with more government agencies inquiring about the matter and examining the social network’s statements about the episode.

Now, that investigation seems to be underway. The investigation , first reported by Fortune, is confirmed in a letter obtained by The Verge, sent to Those analytics services can also present a significant privacy risk when when used in private messages. Both Facebook and Twitter have faced

EU officials are said to be concerned over the vast troves of data major tech companies store and whether they use such information to hamper competitors. Last month, it emerged EU regulators are looking into Facebook's Marketplace service related to how the classified ads market has changed over the last few years and the commercial links between the company and its rivals.

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Last spring at the annual F8 Developer Conference, Facebook announced that the platform will be receiving a major redesign; on Friday, January 10, 2020 it was reported that the update has finally begun to roll out. This news of the platform's upcoming web and mobile design update was revealed during the F8 conference last spring, and now, the change has begun rolling out, according to CNET. A small percentage of Facebook users are gaining access to "The New Facebook" by accepting an invitation that pops up automatically when they go to sign into the site.

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