The DOJ, FBI, SEC, and FTC Are All Now Investigating Facebook's Role in Cambridge Analytica Scandal

The federal investigation into Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal—in which prior versions of Facebook’s advertising API allowed the shady election data firm to partner with an app to harvest data on at least 87 million users without their consent—has expanded to include a multi-agency inquiry into the…

Oh Good, a Former Lawyer for Facebook and Equifax Is Now in Charge of Investigating Them

Here’s some good news for massive corporations that have violated the public trust by exposing the personal data of millions of American consumers, as if they needed it: the government’s new chief watchdog is one of their own. Andrew Smith, a lawyer who has represented dozens of firms including Facebook and Equifax,…

Melania Trump Has Some Great Advice on How to Protect Kids Online, Like Our Big Boy President

First lady Melania Trump presented her long-awaited “Be Best” initiative on Monday, which entails something about protecting children from social media cyberbullies and also the opioid crisis. And boy, was said presentation a doozy, laden with the kind of Hallmark card-inspired language and dramatic music that one…

FTC: Phone Scammers Are Impersonating Chinese Consulate Staff, Have Made Off With Millions

Mankind, in their arrogance, once thought they had conquered their immortal enemy: The scam robocall. Unfortunately, thanks in large part to laziness by cell phone carriers, they’ve been back with a vengeance in recent years. Internet-powered robocalling systems are making it cheaper and easier than ever to launch…