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Facebook Draws Scrutiny From FTC, Congressional Committees

  • Agency scrutinizing whether data use violates consent decree
  • House and Senate panels to be briefed by Facebook officials
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FTC Said to Scrutinize Whether Facebook Data Use Violates Consent Decree

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Facebook Inc. is drawing scrutiny from the main U.S. privacy watchdog and half a dozen congressional committees over how the personal data of 50 million users was obtained by a data analytics firm that helped elect President Donald Trump.

Facebook said it would conduct staff-level briefings of six committees Tuesday and Wednesday. That includes meetings with the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, as well as the commerce and intelligence committees of both chambers.