July 24, 2019

Wyden Slams Weak FTC Facebook Decision

Washington, D.C.— Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the Federal Trade Commission’s settlement with Facebook today for the company’s repeated abuse of Americans’ privacy:

“For a mere fraction of Facebook’s annual revenues, the FTC has given Facebook and executives like Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg blanket immunity for violations of the law that we know about, and even for potential crimes that are still unknown. That sweetheart deal is especially weak, given revelations over the past year about Facebook abuses that I fear have not been thoroughly investigated,” Wyden said.

“The FTC is sending the message that wealthy executives and massive corporations can rampantly violate Americans’ privacy, lie about how our personal information is used and abused and get off with no meaningful consequences. Americans will see our privacy violated again and again until Congress passes strong privacy laws that gives the FTC the resources and authority it needs to hold large corporations – and the executives at the top – accountable for protecting our most personal data.”

Wyden has released a privacy bill that includes strong protections for consumer privacy, including new resources and authority for the FTC to hold executives personally responsible if they lie about protecting Americans' data.