Reuters reports New York and Connecticut attorneys general, the Irish Data Protection Commission, and Hamburg, Germany's data protection authority are all investigating a software glitch at Google that may have exposed the profile data of as many as 500,000 users. The probes come in the wake of a Wall Street Journal report from Monday on the incident. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have each expressed concern. Warner noted that since Google is under a Federal Trade Commission consent decree, "This seriously questions whether the FTC enforcement model is up to the task of consumer protection [with regard to] social media platforms. ... It's clear that Congress needs to step in." Relatedly, EY conducted a privacy audit of Google from April 2016 to 2018, which was submitted to the FTC in June, noting that its "privacy controls are operating with sufficient effectiveness," according to The Hill. However, the report states, since much of the audit is redacted, "it's not entirely clear if Google disclosed the incident to the firm."
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