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Facebook had struck a deal with the FTC in 2011 after an investigation into the social media company's privacy practices.

As Wired noted, this raises a lot of questions about the thoroughness of the audits and whether Facebook's agreement with the FTC in 2011 is even effective.

Details: The Wall Street Journal reports that a PricewaterhouseCoopers audit-which was required for the social network to comply with a 2011 settlement made with the Federal Trade Commission-was finished past year.

The audit covered the period from February 12th, 2015 to February 11th, 2017.

Facebook is accused of allowing UK-based data company Cambridge Analytica to harvest the personal details of more than 50 million users without their permission to target them during the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the Brexit referendum, Xinhua reported.


According to PwC, Facebook's privacy controls seemed efficient to the auditors and offered reasonable levels of assurance when it comes to privacy protection.

On Friday, EPIC filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain an unredacted copy of the audit.

However, Facebook has been identified to have both internal and external material risks that could result in any of Facebook's third-party apps collecting data without explicit permission from users. The Senator wants stronger oversight to make sure user information is protected and not exploited by any means. It is not clear from the report whether the company informed PricewaterhouseCoopers, which performed the audit, of the Cambridge Analytica data grab that would put Facebook in the crosshairs of Congress. Cambridge Analytica accessed information from so many users (the firm puts the number at 30 million, although Facebook has said 87 million) because it was able to access the data of people's friends, and not just people who explicitly permitted access when they took a personality quiz.

"O$3 ur view is that this - what a developer did - that they represented to us that they were going to use the data in a certain way, and then, in their own systems, went out and sold it - we do not believe is a violation of the consent decree."

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