How a recent FTC settlement could alter the future of tech algorithms : The Indicator from Planet Money The Federal Trade Commission's hammer hit a weight loss app geared towards children earlier this month. What this decision means for businesses, consumers and online privacy.

Destroying personal digital data

Destroying personal digital data

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FTC Chair Lina Khan. (Photo by Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images)
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Algorithms are the secret sauce for many tech platforms. With user data, they can help a company tailor a subscriber's experience and make the product better. But what happens when the data that feeds an algorithm is obtained through less than legal means?

Today, we learn about the curious case of Kurbo, the weight loss app for kids the feds say illegally collected data to generate that secret sauce.

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