• Sunday, Jun 26, 2022
  • Last Update : 04:24 pm

US demands data collection info from online giants

  • Published at 10:38 am December 15th, 2020
Social Media Facebook Twitter
File photo: Logos of social networking websites displayed on a mobile phone's screen, in Istanbul on September 30, 2020 AFP

Topics of scrutiny will include what social media and video streaming services do with information about users

The US Federal Trade Commission on Monday sent orders to Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other internet giants demanding troves of information about their data collection, ad practices, and user engagement.

The orders endorsed by four of the five FTC commissions were sent under the authority of a federal act that lets the agency conduct studies for legislators to have on hand when crafting relevant laws.

The FTC issued orders for nine social media and video streaming companies, requiring them "to provide data on how they collect, use, and present personal information; their advertising and user engagement practices, and how their practices affect children and teens."

Intended recipients were listed as Amazon, TikTok-parent ByteDance, gamer chat platform Discord, Facebook, Reddit, Snap, Twitter, WhatsApp, and YouTube.

Amazon made the list due to its popular Prime streaming television service, according to the FTC.

Also read: Facebook, Twitter face British fines for harmful content

"The commission's study will lift the hood on the social media and video streaming firms to carefully study their engines," the FTC said in a release.

"The FTC wants to understand how business models influence what Americans hear and see, with whom they talk, and what information they share," the agency said.

Topics of scrutiny will include what social media and video streaming services do with information about users, as well as how they determine which ads people see, and their tactics for promoting engagement, according to the FTC.

Commissioner Noah Joshua Phillips said in his lone dissent that the orders are "an undisciplined foray into a wide variety of topics, some only tangentially related to the stated focus of this investigation."

The orders are "sprawling and scattershot" and so broad that they are likely to make it difficult for the FTC to glean insights that will be of use to Congress or others, Phillips contended.

Each of the companies is being told to respond to the order within 45 days of receipt.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail