The Washington Post reports a white paper has disclosed Facebook's potential defense against alleged privacy violations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The documents, which were drawn up in February, showed Facebook lawyers planned to argue that the social network did not harm consumers or profit from mishandling users’ data. As the FTC initially sought to fine Facebook tens of billions of dollars for its violations, the lawyers called such an attempt "excessive, arbitrary, and capricious." The lawyers also wrote that the "proposed penalty is unconstitutional, unlawful and unsupported by the allegations in the draft complaint. No court would entertain such a penalty, and neither will Facebook." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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