Facebook's Zuckerberg to talk to European Union parliament on privacy

Facebook's Zuckerberg to talk to European Union parliament on privacy

It will be Zuckerberg's first visit with European Union representatives since a whistle-blower alleged that British political consulting company Cambridge Analytica improperly collected information from millions of Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet the leaders of the European Parliament to answer questions about the improper use of millions of users' data by a political consultancy, as pressure on the company's protection of data continues.

The British parliament also requested that Zuckerberg answer questions from lawmakers but the firm's chief technology officer attended that hearing instead.

Parliament President Antonio Tajani said that Zuckerberg "will be in Brussels as soon as possible, hopefully already next week" and would meet with parliamentary leaders and experts on civil liberties and justice.




Facebook was largely unscathed by Zuckerberg's 10 hours of testimony before USA legislators in April. The GDPR requires companies like Facebook to be more transparent about how users' data is used and gives them more consent over its use.

The European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation will be enforced from May 25. Zuckerberg is not expected to attend those, a European Parliament spokesperson said.

"It must be a public hearing", he said. "It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence", Tajani said.

CA has vehemently denied exploiting data obtained from up to 87 million Facebook users for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, claiming it deleted data obtained in breach of the social network's terms of service. USA investors have sought to speak with banks that have handled the company's business, the Times said, citing an American official and others familiar with the investigation as saying that the probe appears to focus on CA's finances and how it obtained and used personal data from Facebook. Collins warned 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 United Kingdom.

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