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FTC’s $5 Billion Fine of Facebook Is a Win for Privacy

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reportedly voted to approve a $5 billion settlement with Facebook. The fine follows a probe into Facebook’s data practices, and whether the company violated the terms of a 2012 agreement. “This record-breaking fine highlights the importance of data stewardship in the digital age. The FTC has put all companies on notice that they must safeguard personal information,” said Nuala O’Connor, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) President & CEO.

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CDT Applauds State AGs for Filing Lawsuit to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Ten states announced that they are challenging the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint over concerns that the transaction would reduce competition in the wireless sector. T-Mobile and Sprint are the third and fourth largest cell phone companies in America. CDT supports this action and is hopeful the Department of Justice will come to a similar conclusion.

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Supreme Court Allows Antitrust App Store Case to Move Forward

The Supreme Court ruled that an antitrust case against Apple can move forward, rejecting Apple’s argument that consumers were not the right plaintiffs to pursue the case. The case, Apple v. Pepper, challenges Apple’s alleged practice of requiring developers to pay a 30% fixed commission on all app purchases made through the Apple app store.

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Has the fight over privacy changed at all in 2019?

Tech Crunch: Few issues divide the tech community quite like privacy. Much of Silicon Valley’s wealth has been built on data-driven advertising platforms, and yet, there remain constant concerns about the invasiveness of those platforms. Yet with global platform usage and service sales continuing to tick up, we asked a panel of eight privacy experts: “Has anything fundamentally changed around privacy in tech in 2019? What is the state of privacy and has the outlook changed?” CDT President & CEO Nuala O’Connor responds here.

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FBI vs. Facebook Messenger: What’s at stake?

CDT’s Greg Nojeim writes in Ars Technica: In the wake of news from Reuters that a federal court in California rejected Department of Justice demands that Facebook break, bypass, or remove the encryption in its Messenger app, it’s worth noting how little we still know about such an important dispute.

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