Facebook's Zuckerberg, EU Lawmakers to Discuss Data Privacy

by Frankie Norman May 19, 2018, 13:09
Facebook's Zuckerberg, EU Lawmakers to Discuss Data Privacy

Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the EU Parliament in person to answer questions about Facebook's use of data.

The announcement comes just two days after Zuckerberg declined a similar invitation from members of Britain's Parliament, where the company's chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, endured hours of withering criticism amid questioning over the company's handling of advertising and data before the "Brexit" vote in June 2016.

That suggests he will avoid an uncomfortable public appearance and instead meet only with the legislature's top brass behind closed doors.

Facebook was largely unscathed by Zuckerberg's 10 hours of testimony before US legislators in April. The social networking company reported $1.69 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.25 by $0.44.

The timing of Zuckerberg's visit may coincide with the introduction of Europe's new sweeping data protection laws on May 25.

The firm has come under intense scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators in the United States aftder it was reported that it had harvested private data from more than 50 million Facebook profiles, and may have violated US election laws.

It is touted be a closed-door meeting to be attended by leaders of the various political groups.

Bannon, a former Cambridge Analytica vice president, "saw cultural warfare as a means to create enduring change in American politics", testified Christopher Wylie, who says information about tens of millions of Facebook users ended up in Cambridge Analytica's hands.

Mr Tajani said that simply showing up to explain himself was already a good move. It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence.

Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation.

Zuckerberg will also make a stop in Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron during his European trip.

The investigation by the Justice Department and FBI appears to focus on the company's financial dealings and how it acquired and used personal data pulled from Facebook and other sources, the Times said.

A whistleblower told a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday that data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which accessed data from millions of Facebook users, also broke into computer systems to get access to information and mined data to discourage voters, particularly African-Americans, from participating in elections.

After Schroepfer's April 26 testimony, Zuckerberg was sent a list of 39 questions that the U.K. Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said Schroepfer had failed to adequately answer.

Cambridge Analytica, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment. Mr Collins warned Mr Zuckerberg last month that if he does not come voluntarily, he could be issued a formal summons, which would force him to appear before the parliament when he next enters the country.

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