On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission, the United States' FTC, the body responsible for overseeing the security of corporate data, announced the opening of a new judicial inquiry into privacy practices against social media platforms and giants linked to the technology.

The process involves companies like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, YouTube, Amazon and ByteDance - controller of TikTok. The investigation was approved by the commission by 4 votes to 1.


The US agency requires companies to report how they collect and use data provided by users, how personal information determines ads and content for each individual, and to apply algorithms or data analysis to the information collected.

The inquiry opened by the FTC is part of a major investigative action by the agency and does not serve specific law enforcement purposes. However, the FTC may require tougher enforcement actions if it encounters illegal practices during investigations. Companies will have about 45 days to respond to the survey.