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FTC asked to investigate Apple & Google over selling personal data

Added 06-24-22 11:11:01am EST - “Four lawmakers want an FTC investigation into the "harmful practices" of Apple and Google in allegedly gathering personal information and profiting from it.” - Appleinsider.com

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Four lawmakers want an FTC investigation into the "harmful practices" of Apple and Google in allegedly gathering personal information and profiting from it.

Even as Apple's privacy moves have reportedly cost Facebook billions of dollars in lost revenue, four Democrats believe it is not enough. Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), and Rep. Sara Jacobs (D., Calif.), have written to the FTC requesting an investigation.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the four claim that Apple and Google "knowingly facilitated these harmful practices by building advertising-specific tracking IDs into their mobile operating systems." They do acknowledge, however, that Apple has made changes, and that Google says it will be adding similar protections.

"Until recently, however, Apple enabled this tracking ID by default and required consumers to dig through confusing phone settings to turn it off," says the letter. "Google still enables this tracking identifier by default, and until recently did not even provide consumers with an opt-out."

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