Meta in US court disputing FTC's plan to strengthen 2020 privacy order

17/10/2023 | reuters

Lawyers representing Meta and the US government appeared before Judge Timothy Kelly of the US District Court for the District of Columbia to dispute the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) plan to strengthen a 2020 privacy settlement (Facebook agreed to the order in 2019, which took effect in 2020). 

The FTC had accused Meta of deceiving parents about the extent of control they had over their children's contacts in its Messenger Kids app and proposed an increase in privacy regulations, including a prohibition on the exploitation of minors' data. During the hearing, James Rouhandeh, representing Meta, contended that the FTC's proposal was not agreed to by Meta and should be scrapped. Speaking for the FTC, Zachary Cowan of the Justice Department argued that the FTC had the power to change the settlements and that the court had no jurisdiction.

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