UW Privacy Office

July 26, 2019

FTC fines Facebook historic $5B for privacy violations

Source: International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), July 24, 2019

FTC fines Facebook historic $5B for privacy violations

…the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has fined Facebook a record-breaking $5 billion and required the company to implement an “unprecedented” and modified corporate governance structure for violating its 2012 FTC consent decree.

The fine is the highest in the history of global privacy enforcement by a factor of 20, but perhaps more notably, the order requires a detailed data governance framework to ensure Facebook’s executive leadership is accountable and transparent about its data practices.