Zuckerberg has a hard time during the second hearing with US Congress

Joann Johnston
April 15, 2018

Facebook has been consumed by turmoil for almost a month, since it came to light that millions of users' personal information was wrongly harvested from the website by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients.

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress this week to discuss the company's data collection and privacy policies, he was asked if Facebook was spying on people through their microphones twice: Once by Senator Gary Peters (D - Mich.) on Tuesday, and by once by Congressman Larry Bucshon (R - Ill.) on Wednesday.

The social network is in the process of letting up to 87 million users know that their information may have been accessed by Cambridge Analytica.

The E.U.'s General Data Protection Regulation will impose much stronger privacy obligations and much more proactive privacy obligations on companies, Laidlaw said.

Analysts and investors keep close tabs on Facebook's user statistics as a way to gauge the company's financial health.

This is what makes Facebook so great: It knows everything about you!

Meanwhile, Cambridge Analytica began cleaning up its own mess, announcing their CEO would step down to "focus on the various technical investigations and inquiries".

Zuckerberg said Facebook has long since rectified the problem that enabled Cambridge Analytica to access personal information.

"This information was generally information that people share publicly on their profile pages, like their name and profile picture and the list of pages that they follow".

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"The far-sightedness that the European Union has shown is confirmed", Albrecht told AFP, recalling those who said "we must not create any hurdles for the digital economy". "And in the future, only apps we approve that agree to strict requirements will be allowed to use the Events API", said Schroepfer.

Zuckerberg clearly admitted to mistakes and took responsibility.

In its 2017 annual financial report, Facebook said, "We generate substantially all of our revenue from selling advertising placements to marketers". Lawmakers there also had requested Zuckerberg's testimony, but Facebook offered other executives in his place - so the panel is set to interrogate Facebook's chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, at a hearing later this month. "Every time, there is a control right there - not buried in settings somewhere, but right there, when they're posting about who they want to share it with", he added.

Interestingly, Facebook will still retain some of this data, as the official statement mentions.

"We continue to have these abuses and these data breaches", DeGette said.

"I don't think we should have to choose between tapping into what is arguably the most powerful communications medium ever invented and having some basic sense of integrity for our data our privacy and our ability to make decisions without being manipulated", she said.

Larger, more dominant companies like Facebook have the resources to comply with government regulation, he said, but "that might be more hard for a smaller startup to comply with".

He collected private messages sent from and received by people who downloaded his app, This Digital Life.

"There are certainly other things that we do, too". All the subtle language that helps stay people stay searchable by friends ... the work we will likely have to do in China some day. "I'm aware that there may be, but we are working with them".

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