Two sources speaking with The Post said the FTC was considering whether to “seek new, heightened oversight” of Zuckerberg’s leadership. The Post previously reported that the FTC might be seeking a multibillion-dollar fine for the social network as well.
…The investigation is looking into whether Facebook violated the terms of a 2011 settlement with the FTC, specifically something called the “consent decree,” which essentially made Facebook responsible for being transparent with users about how their data was being used on the platform — with future violations punishable by huge fines.
…The report comes in the wake of recent revelations discovered by Business Insider that Facebook collected the email contact lists of 1.5 million new users without their knowledge or permission.
…Facebook could be violating a variety of regulations, including the FTC consent decree; the European Union privacy law known as GDPR; and perhaps even the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a US criminal statute involving computer fraud and abuse.
“A now-discontinued email-verification system that Facebook used with new users caused the tech giant to inadvertently collect email contact information from 1.5 million new users.”
Inadvertent, my ass. Programs are written by humans, not by accident.