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U.S. to Probe Tech Companies Over Data Collection Practices

March 21, 2019, 9:01 PM

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission plans to investigate technology companies’ collection and use of consumer data, stepping up pressure on companies like Google, Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. that depend on amassing vast amounts of information on users.

FTC Chairman Joe Simons told Congress that the agency plans to use its authority to demand companies provide information about their data practices, according to a document obtained March 21 by Bloomberg News. He didn’t name the companies that would be examined.

The study would mark the latest move by the agency to increase scrutiny of big technology firms and the power ...

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