Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Facebook to United Kingdom parliament: no Zuckerberg for you

Facebook to United Kingdom parliament: no Zuckerberg for you

Facebook UK's head of public policy, Rebecca Stimson, gave 39 answers to the extra questions in a letter published by the committee. Those changes, according to Facebook, significantly reduced the amount of data that apps could access.

To which committee chair Damian Collins raged that if the exec truly recognised the seriousness of the issues, "we would expect that he would want to appear in front of the committee and answer questions that are of concern not only to Parliament, but Facebook's tens of millions of users in this country".

"Given that these were follow-up questions to questions Mr Schroepfer previously failed to answer, we expected both detail and data, and in a number of cases got excuses".

And, of course, we don't know yet how long it'll take for Facebook to uncover which users had data obtained by these apps.

As part of its inquiry, the committee has been investigating allegations of the improper use of data for 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by President Donald Trump's 2016 USA election campaign.

"We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible", he said in a statement.

Facebook has failed to fully answer 39 questions submitted by United Kingdom members of parliament that aim to explore the social network's approach to data privacy and fake news, according to the parliamentary committee charged with investigating the matter.

The question over how many clicks or swipes it takes for users to change their privacy settings was also dodged.

Their criticism follows an announcement by regulators that they are going to pursue their investigation into scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica despite the firm announcing its collapse. "This decision is based on our determination that Cambridge Analytica operates using a business model that inherently conflicts with acceptable Twitter Ads business practices", a Twitter spokesperson said.

The move has been slammed by critics because it effectively slips 1.5 billion users out of the rights offered under the General Data Protection Regulation.

Mr Archibong said Facebook would "show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015" at this website, but affected users would not be able to claw that information back. The Facebook CEO was summoned for the company's recent data privacy scandals by the UK Parliament, and he has already missed his deadline by three days.

You can imagine what the biz will be saying about the MPs' response to today's 40-page reply.

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