San Francisco — Facebook has told the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that the social media company needs clear guidance on how to comply with new laws that grant consumers the right to transfer their data, without running afoul of user privacy.

Regulators in Europe and California have ruled that consumers have the right to collect and move their personal information to new websites — “data portability” laws that are meant to empower people to choose different products, increasing competition for giants such as Facebook. But on Facebook, every user’s data is intertwined with that of their friends and family, through tags on photos, posts and locations...

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