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FTC to Launch Wide-Ranging Data Inquiry Into Tech Firms

The Federal Trade Commission is launching an inquiry into the data collection practices of a wide range of tech firms, including Twitter, Snap, ByteDance, Reddit, Discord as well as bigger firms,  Axios reported. The FTC is asking for details on uage and engagement data for the various apps, with an eye to understanding how tech’s data practices affect young people. The impetus for the...

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