Demands Grow for Facebook to Explain its Privacy Policies

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Demands Grow for Facebook to Explain its Privacy Policies
On Monday, Common Cause, a government watchdog group in Washington, filed complaints seeking
federal investigations into allegations that the company violated federal election law.
“It defies belief that even after their own attorney warned them
that they would be violating the prohibition on performing certain election-related activities in U. S. elections that they did so anyway,” said Paul S. Ryan, Common Cause’s vice president for policy and litigation.
“I’m sure this is much bigger than Cambridge Analytica,
and I’m sure there are other Cambridge Analyticas out there,” Senator John Kennedy, Republican from Louisiana, said in an interview.
In the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, lawyers appealing two lawsuits
that challenged the social media company’s privacy and user data policies
confirmed its investigation but ended the day up 0.4 percent as overall trading on Wall Street recovered from a big drop last week.
But former employees contradicted that account, suggesting
that the work violated laws in the United States that strictly limit what non-Americans can do for American political campaigns.
The group also filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, which has day-to-day jurisdiction over enforcing election rules.
Common Cause filed one complaint with the Justice Department, which has authority to investigate “knowing and willful” violations of campaign law.


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