The Federal Trade Commission has proposed banning Facebook from profiting from data collected from anyone under 18, including via its Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus services. That proposal came as one of the proposed changes to the FTC’s 2020 settlement with the parent company — now Meta — over what the agency called its repeated failure to live up to promises it made as part of the settlement to protect kids’ privacy, reports NexTV.
An independent review of that settlement order found enough issues that the FTC said those “deficiencies” posed “substantial risks to the public.”
Facebook has repeatedly violated its privacy promises,” said Samuel Levine, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement. “The company’s recklessness has put young users at risk, and Facebook needs to answer for its failures.”
The FTC alleges Facebook failed to comply with the FTC privacy order and misled parents about its ability to control who kids communicated with through the Messenger Kids app, as well as misrepresenting the access some app developers had to users’ private data, continued the NexTV report.