Two sources "familiar with the case" told the post that the FTC is preparing to accuse Facebook of collecting phone numbers from users under the pretext of security and then allowing advertisers to use this information for ad targeting, as well as trying to hide settings so that users can remove their face recognition database.
The first case relates to a study from 2018 from Northeastern University and Princeton University researchers who found when users gave Facebook their phone numbers to set up two factor authentication, which helps prevent unauthorized access to accounts, and Facebook then used the information to put out their beliefs of data that can be used for advertising purposes. In the second, the Post wrote, the FTC plans to accuse Facebook of providing insufficient information to about 30 million users "about their ability to turn off a [facial-recognition] tool that will identify and offer tag suggestions for images." Earlier this year, Consumer reports reported that some Facebook users had the ability to turn off the feature related to an apparently unrelated "Tag Suggestions" setting.
Both allegations are scheduled to be announced on Wednesday, informs Posten sources, and will be included in a complaint related to the $ 5 billion settlement between the FTC and Facebook. As the Post noted, this is a strong hint that gave the choice to punish Facebook further for "litany of privacy scandals" that have emerged since the FTC started its investigation and give it "a clean slate forward", the agency has chosen the latter.
This settlement is expected to be officially announced Wednesday; Three sources told Posten that it would not require Facebook to admit any misdemeanor, while two told the paper that the FTC did not actually bother questioning CEO Mark Zuckerberg directly during the investigation. Other reports from the New York Times have indicated that Facebook will agree to more rigorously monitor how it collects user data in the settlement, but "none of the settlement conditions will impose strict restrictions on Facebook's ability to collect and share data with third parties. ”