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Blumenthal Statement on FTC Investigation of Facebook

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, released the following statement after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) confirmed it is investigating Facebook for “substantial concerns” about the company’s privacy practices.

“The FTC's investigation must be penetrating and prompt in holding Facebook accountable for apparent illegal action. Facebook's failure to protect confidential user information likely violated specific legally binding commitments, but also basic norms and standards. The possible remedies should include damage payments to users, and other court-ordered action. The sphere of scrutiny must be broader than just the consent decree. There is no excuse for delay.”