The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on December 14, 2020 that it is launching a new investigation into practices confidentiality implemented by some of the largest technology companies and SOCIAL MEDIA - video streaming platforms in the world. In a press release published on Monday, The FTC announced that it is requiring nine technology companies, social media and video streaming Including Amazon, the parent company of TikTok, ByteDance, of Discord, of Facebook, of Reddit, of Snap, of Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube - provide information on how they collect and use user data. The companies have 45 days to respond to the FTC request.
Each of the nine companies commented on the FTC's position. In particular, a Twitter spokesman told The Verge the following: "We work, as we always do, to ensure that the FTC has the information it needs to understand how Twitter operates its services."
At the same time, a Discord spokesman said: "Discord takes users' privacy very seriously and we look forward to working with the FTC to answer any questions they may have about our privacy practices."
The FTC claims were approved as part of a wide-ranging investigation and do not serve specific law enforcement purposes. However, the FTC could continue enforcement action if it finds misconduct during the investigation. In addition, the FTC has asked companies to provide information on how users collect personal data, how that data determines which advertisements but also what content will be displayed to users, as well as whether they apply algorithms or analysis data in personal information.
It is worth noting that the Federal Trade Commission voted 4-1 to approve the requirements, with Commissioner Noah Phillips disagreeing, saying the scrutiny was too broad to yield useful results.
Three FTC Commissioners who voted in favor of the claims stated the following: "These digital products may have been originally started with the goal of connecting people or boosting creativity. But in the process, the industrial model shifted from supporting users' activities to generating revenue. "This transition has been fueled by the growing invasion of our privacy."
Last February, the FTC used the same research authority to request information on previous acquisitions made by major technology companies, including Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft products. Also last week, the FTC sued Facebook, demanding that the tech giant provide information about the Instagram and WhatsApp.