Items tagged "consent decree"

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Public Knowledge Criticizes Reported $5 Billion Facebook Settlement

July 12, 2019 Cambridge Analytica , consent decree , Consumer Privacy , Facebook , FTC

Reports indicate that the Federal Trade Commission recently voted 3-2 along party lines to approve a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook over the company’s repeated privacy violations, including the Cambridge Analytica incident. The FTC is expected to unveil the terms of the fine — including possible conditions — once the Department of Justice has finalized the settlement.

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Public Knowledge Urges FTC to Tie Any Facebook Fine to Protecting Users

April 25, 2019 consent decree , consumer protections , Facebook , FTC , Privacy

Facebook announced yesterday that it expects to pay a fine up to $5 billion dollars over accusations that the company violated its 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission over consumer privacy on the social media platform. The company also said there can be no assurances as to the terms of resolution of the investigation.

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Public Knowledge Supports Slaughter’s Call to Improve Vertical Merger Enforcement

January 29, 2019 Competition , Competition Policy , consent decree , FTC , Mergers

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced a consent decree in the Staples-Essendant merger. Commissioners Slaughter and Chopra dissented, arguing the consent decree would be insufficient to address their competitive concerns with the merger.

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Public Knowledge Urges FTC to Investigate Facebook’s Data-Sharing Partnerships With Device Makers

June 4, 2018 consent decree , Consumer Privacy , Data Privacy , Facebook , Privacy

Yesterday, reports surfaced that Facebook formed data-sharing partnerships with device makers, enabling companies like Amazon and Apple to access Facebook users’ and their friends’ data — without those friends’ consent. Reports indicate that the shared data includes data pertaining to users who expressly denied Facebook permission to share their information with any third parties.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes DoJ Decision on ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

August 4, 2016 Antitrust Law , consent decree , Copyright Office , Music Copyright , Music Licensing

Today, the Department of Justice concluded its review of the antitrust consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI, the two largest music performance rights organizations (PROs) in the United States. After two years of extensive public comment and analysis, the Department has determined it would be inappropriate to amend the consent decrees in ways that would enable music publishers to take greater advantage of their market dominance in negotiating licenses. Additionally, it has clarified licensing practices that came to light during its review. Public Knowledge has advocated for the Department to adopt these positions throughout the review and welcomes the decision.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Reports on Department of Justice’s ASCAP/BMI Consent Decree Decision

July 1, 2016 Antitrust , consent decree , DOJ , Music Competition , Music Licensing

Reports now indicate that the Department of Justice has ended its lengthy process to amend the consent decrees governing music publishing in the United States by declining to make adjustments. If true, this would prevent music publishers from withdrawing digital public performance rights from the blanket licenses offered by the two largest performance rights organizations in the United States, ASCAP and BMI. Due to the threat to competition posed by such large concentrations in licensing authority, ASCAP and BMI operate under antitrust consent decrees that govern their licensing practices.

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