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Daily Dashboard | Children's advocacy groups file FTC complaint against Facebook Related reading: A view from DC: The gossip test for sensitive data

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission received a complaint from 17 children’s advocacy groups accusing Facebook of deceiving children into accruing fees from games on the platform, The New York Times reports. The groups argue that in-app purchases were often completed without parental consent. In the complaint, the groups said, “Facebook’s exploitative practices targeted a population universally recognized as vulnerable — young people.” The groups have asked the FTC to investigate. In its response, Facebook noted, “As part of our long history of working with parents and experts to offer tools for families navigating Facebook and the web, Facebook also has safeguards in place regarding minors’ purchases.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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