In the past week, Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal has dominated the headlines. Following the allegations, companies such as Mozilla, Sonos, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Tesla even cut ties with the platform, suspending their pages in response to the data breach. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission also announced yesterday (March 26) that it is opening an investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices. Tom Pahl, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection released a statement:
“The FTC is firmly and fully committed to using all of its tools to protect the privacy of consumers. Foremost among these tools is enforcement action against companies that fail to honor their privacy promises, including to comply with Privacy Shield, or that engage in unfair acts that cause substantial injury to consumers in violation of the FTC Act.
Companies who have settled previous FTC actions must also comply with FTC order provisions imposing privacy and data security requirements. Accordingly, the FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook. Today, the FTC is confirming that it has an open non-public investigation into these practices.”
While many of us were fuming about Facebook’s misuse of data, the U.S. government quietly passed a law called the Clarifying Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act. This piece of legislation has far bigger implications for your data.
The Act gives the government easier access to private data stored by US tech companies. Law enforcement officials, from local police to federal agents can demand data from tech companies regardless of where the company stores the data. The Act also means the U.S. can enter into “executive agreements” with foreign nations and gather data related to their own citizens. As a result, the government now have a lot more control over who can access your data.
Watch the video below to find out more:
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