The settlement the FTC brokered marks the most significant privacy punishment ever levied against a tech giant. But the story behind it -- described by 10 people familiar with the matter -- illustrates the challenges facing a 105-year-old agency tasked with watching some of the most powerful digital players in the global economy.

The deal with the U.S. Justice Department and the SEC resolves claims the software giant violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Equifax has agreed to pay $650 million to settle a series of state and federal investigations into a massive 2017 data breach that left more than 147 million Americans’ names, Social Security numbers, credit-card details and other sensitive information exposed.


  • Analysis

Academics will examine disinformation and how social media impacts public opinion.

Photography enthusiasts say they purchased a $13,000 camera lens for $94 during Amazon’s annual marketing event. Experts say it was a pricing error.

The Federal Trade Commission has finalized a settlement with Google in its investigation into YouTube for violating federal kids' privacy laws, according to two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to discuss it on record.

Officials at home and abroad sounded off this week about Facebook's plans to start a cryptocurrency, expressing fears it could destabilize financial markets.

Twitter unveils a new website as critics question the company's judgment about abusive tweets.

  • Analysis

It’s building an independent board.

As NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the agency is scrambling to meet the White House demand that it put Americans back on the moon by 2024. It's a huge test of whether the space agency still has the right stuff.

  • Perspective

We’re deliriously surrounded by moon-landing documentaries. But few of them feature ordinary Earthlings.

Call it the Internet of Pee.

The app was having a viral moment until questions arose about privacy issues and its ownership.

Federal regulators this week commenced a new effort to update and potentially expand the children's-privacy laws, questioning whether swift advancements in technology have outpaced rules meant to protect youths under age 13.

  • Analysis

The EU’s antitrust enforcer announced it would launch a formal probe into Amazon.

Citing privacy risks, the Senate minority leader called on the FBI and Federal Trade Commission to probe the viral photo-editing app.

As many as 4 million people have Web browser extensions that sell their every click. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Companies using Chrome and Firefox extensions to collect your browser data are putting your privacy at risk. The Washington Post's Geoffrey A. Fowler explains.

Amazon, the global e-commerce giant, will ask electronic scooter manufacturers to make clear in their online listings that their devices cannot be used on public roads.

Veterans turned astronauts said going to space changed their perspective of their wars — and their planet.

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