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U.S. lawmakers formally ask Facebook CEO to testify on user data

U.S. lawmakers formally ask Facebook CEO to testify on user data

UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham will use Cambridge Analytica's files and servers as part of the investigation into how the firm harvested data on 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

Facing intense pressure from lawmakers, shareholders and the site's users, Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and CEO, apologized for the scandal and said he would be "happy" to testify before Congress.

A spokesman for Leave.EU, Aaron Banks, denied the claim saying that his group did not receive any data or work from Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook, which has over two billion users globally, including over 200 million in India, had faced backlash on the data scandal issue, prompting Zuckerberg to issue an apology for the "major breach of trust", and promising to take steps to protect user data. In most of the interviews he gave, the biggest mistake he confessed to was opening Facebook's data trove broadly to third-party developers without proper monitoring.

"We would buy all of our Buy-rated stocks and many of our Hold-rated stocks before we would buy Facebook shares". "We know that companies respect the rules when sanctions are particularly painful", she said.

Technology stocks have fallen along with Facebook this week as investors anxious the row was likely to lead to much tighter scrutiny of global platforms like Google, Twitter and Snapchat.

"Facebook seems to be in breach of its terms of service, and if that's the case, its value-producing members should consider their options: ditch, deactivate or dissemble", said Mark Marino, an associate professor in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences who directs the Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab.

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A Facebook spokesperson declined to share how Facebook was defining "large amounts of information" or how many apps would be scrutinized.

In addition, Facebook will roll out a new tool to help you understand which apps have access to your data. "There are things like ad transparency regulation that I would love to see". He did eventually say he was sorry as he was giving interviews to various news outlets.

"There was very little detection or enforcement", Sandy Parakilas, who was in charge of policing Facebook's data handling procedures in 2011 and 2012, reportedly said in his testimony. "During my 16 months (at Facebook), I don't remember a single physical audit of a developer" who was storing users' data from the social network". "However, Facebook did not investigate deeply enough to determine exactly".

An online petition calling for just such disclosure for people included in Kogan's data set had garnered more than 15,000 signatures since the weekend.

Facebook's representatives left "many questions" unanswered during a staff-level briefing by company officials Wednesday, panel chairman Greg Walden and its top Democrat Frank Pallone said in the statement.

On Monday, Senator Markey called for the Facebook chief executive to testify before Congress.


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