Meta loses legal case over FTC's plan to strengthen 2020 privacy order

30/11/2023 | Reuters

A court battle over privacy issues between Meta and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has resulted in a loss after the District Court for the District of Columbia denied Meta's motion for the court to take over the dispute. 

In May, the FTC accused Meta of misleading parents about how much control they had over their children's contact with other users on the Messenger Kids app. The FTC proposed changing the 2020 privacy settlement that required Facebook to pay $5 billion. The new proposal would bar Facebook from making money off data collected on users under age 18, including in its virtual reality business, and limit its use of facial recognition technology. 

In response to the ruling, Reuters reports Meta has confirmed that it would appeal the decision. 

UPDATE: 301123 - Reuters reports that Meta has filed a lawsuit with a US appeals court requesting an injunction to prevent the FTC from unilaterally reopening the settlement agreement. 

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