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The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission steps down after a 4-year tenure of tackling online privacy issues and anticompetitive behavior.
Agency in charge of consumer protection and antitrust takes aim at social networks, dominant tech platforms.
The social-networking site also will establish a "comprehensive privacy program" and obtain independent privacy assessments every other year for the next 20 years.
Trying to keep pressure on Google, Consumer Watchdog wants to see what exactly the Federal Trade Commission staff said in its investigation of the search business.
Under terms of the deal, Google avoids making major changes to its search product.
The long-running antitrust inquiry appears to be coming to a close.
Noted antitrust attorney slams FTC for "naive" approach in settling with Google, warns of anticompetitive impact on smaller companies.
In a major win for the search giant, it avoids a battle over search bias.
It was the year of Internet activism with a sharp political point: Protests derailed the Stop Online Piracy Act, assisted in imploding a United Nations summit, and helped to postpone a data-sharing bill.
The FTC updates rules tied to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, but the changes won't really affect companies like Apple or Facebook.