Embarrassed in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook will have to deal with an investigation by the FTC in the United States.
Mark Zuckerberg definitely does not have a minute to breathe. After having to speak about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the collection of calls, SMS and contacts on Android, the social network number 1 may have been forced to push back its smart speaker and take a little longer behind Amazon and Google.
A private investigation
Bad news for Facebook, it is now the US FTC will get involved. The Federal Trade Commission is the equivalent of the French DGCCRF (Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control), ie the authority in charge of verifying the healthy competition of a market, but also the safety of consumers.
The FTC states in its announcement that this is a private investigation, which means that one could know nothing more about the investigation, even concerning its results. This type of investigation is done to “protect the responders and the investigation” according to the FTC.
FTC can dictate a policy change
In this case, Facebook risks being forced to force a change of policy in its data management. If the FTC believes that Facebook has broken the law, the commission could force the social network to get back in the nails, without revealing it to the general public. We imagine that it will not be so conciliatory if Facebook refused to obey.