After last year's settlements with Google, Facebook and Twitter, in 2012 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to expand its probe into online consumer privacy--with a focus on mobile products and services, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. "We want to really get an understanding of what's happening with consumers' information," said FTC Commissioner Julie Brill in Palo Alto, CA, last week. Brill says she'd like to see tech companies working harder on consumers' behalf. "I would like to see us move to a place where it isn't so burdensome for consumers," said Brill, adding, "We want choices on the dashboard. But we also need to build some of the mechanisms under the hood so there are privacy protections that are built into products and services."
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