Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa says the April 10 hearing will cover how consumer data is collected, retained and distributed for commercial use. According to Zuckerberg, Kogan shared data from his app with Cambridge Analytica in 2015.
“We want to know how many people in IL have had their information exposed because of this breach”, she said.
Dozens of attorney generals from across the country are now launching their own investigations into Facebook’s misuse of data compromised by Cambridge Analytica. The social network will also turn off access for unused apps, restrict the data that an app can request, make app management and control easier and more visible for users and reward those who find misuses of data by app developers.
The company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is facing one of his worst crises in public confidence yet after reports that Cambridge Analytica, a firm that worked for US President Donald Trump in the 2016 election campaign, improperly obtained and retained data from 50 million Americans.
The suit claims Facebook failed to take proper steps to prevent the harvesting of user data by Cambridge Analytica.
– HOUSE: Chris Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee who became a whistleblower, has agreed to be interviewed by Democrats on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. “Promises are not enough”.
But Ars Technica noted that Facebook’s “opt-in” process did not make it obvious to users that they were agreeing to this kind of data collection.
The company has said it had relied on a legal certification that the data had been deleted and was now investigating if that was the case. The hashtag #DeleteFacebook ‘has run like wildfire on the Internet these days and even the co-founder of WhatsApp, Brian Acton, a company that later sold to Facebook, recommended deleting the profiles of the application, ‘ stated the digital publication Expansion.
The European Commission pressed Facebook (FB.O) on Monday over whether EU citizens’ data were among those improperly harvested by a British political consultancy, after the USA regulator said it was investigating the firm’s privacy practices, APA reports quoting Reuters.
Acting FTC director Tom Pahl said the body “takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook”.
News outlets reported on the FTC investigation last week, but the FTC had not confirmed it until Monday.
This comes as the Federal Trade Commission – earlier Monday – announced it had opened its own investigation looking into whether or not the tech giant violated a 2011 consent decree it signed promising to protect users’ privacy.
Facebook deputy chief privacy officer Rob Sherman said on CNBC television that the company remains “strongly committed to protecting people’s information”. The fact is, European regulators are already forcing him to do so. The bottom line is that this privacy data breach has turned into a major matter for Facebook that may cost them billions of dollars to resolve.