Californians for Consumer Privacy Chair Alastair Mactaggart Statement on Facebook Paying Minors to Install Intrusive Spying Software

January 30, 2019

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Oakland, Calif. – Following reporting that Facebook was paying minors for intrusive access to their personal information, Alastair Mactaggart, chair of Californians for Consumer Privacy, released the following statement:

“This report is disappointing on so many levels, though sadly, it is not surprising given that Facebook’s leadership team has repeatedly chosen to put consumer privacy last in recent years.

"For this activity to still be happening on Mr. Zuckerberg’s watch implies that either he doesn’t know what’s going on in his own company; or, that he does know, and thinks it’s okay to prey on children in a nefarious effort to control their personal data.

"This reporting shows that Mr. Zuckerberg and Facebook’s overriding motivation is growth at any cost, even if that means violating Apple’s App Store policies specifically designed to protect consumers.

"Reading this article reaffirmed my belief in the California Consumer Privacy Act's strict legal controls, including extending COPPA-like protections to kids under 16 for exactly these types of harms.”

About Californians for Consumer Privacy

Californians for Consumer Privacy sponsored the California Consumer Privacy Act ballot referendum signed by 629,000 Californians to qualify for the November ballot. After the initiative qualified, the California State Legislature passed groundbreaking consumer privacy legislation in June, which was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown.

Californians for Consumer Privacy is dedicated to protecting and expanding privacy rights for consumers.


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