“As members of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, we are interested in any actions that FTC has taken or plans to take to investigate whether Google has violated the terms of its consent agreement” the Congressmen wrote to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. That consent agreement came in the aftermath of the Google Buzz debacle, where the company had been found to use deceptive tactics and even contradict its own privacy promises.
The Safari privacy workaround had already prompted independent calls for Google to be held to account, and lawmaker attention is only likely to make the FTC more interested in hearing what the company has to say. The FTC is expected to respond to the Privacy Caucus by early March, and if Google is investigated and found to have violated its consent agreement, it could face significant fines.
[via PC World]