The Cybersecurity 202: Google faces calls for privacy legislation, FTC probe after exposing user data


The Google logo at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on July 19, 2016. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

A top Senate Democrat is calling for tough legislation to protect consumer privacy — and for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate — after news that Google did not disclose that a security bug exposed the private data of up to 500,000 users.

“Today’s report confirms that Google’s claims to value consumers’ privacy seem like nothing more than empty talk,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who is sponsoring a data privacy bill, said in an email. “Google must explain its unwillingness to disclose this breach and the FTC must conduct a fulsome investigation. But to truly end this cycle of broken promises, we need a national privacy framework that protects consumers and empowers the FTC to hold companies accountable.”

Google discovered and fixed the security vulnerability in its foundering Google social network in March,

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