Statement of Commissioner Terrell McSweeny regarding news reports alleging unauthorized use of Facebook data

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Terrell McSweeny, Former Commissioner

FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny issued the following statement regarding recent news reports of allegedly unauthorized use of Facebook user information by a data analytics firm:

“The FTC takes the allegations that the data of millions of people were used without proper authorization very seriously. The allegations also highlight the limited rights Americans have to their data. Consumers need stronger protections for the digital age such as comprehensive data security and privacy laws, transparency and accountability for data brokers, and rights to and control over their data.”