Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Facebook, Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Facebook
Penalty: 
$5,000,000,000
Year: 
2019
Date: 
July 24, 2019
Primary Offense: 
privacy violation
Violation Description: 

Facebook, Inc. agreed to pay a $5 billion penalty and submit to new restrictions and a modified corporate structure that will hold the company accountable for the decisions it makes about user privacy, to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company violated a 2012 order by deceiving users about their ability to control the privacy of their personal information.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Federal Trade Commission
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
California
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
information technology
Specific Industry of Parent: 
internet services
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Parent company note: 
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