In written testimony, the head of Facebook said that the social network must take measures to prevent abuse of personal data
CEO Facebook mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday to testify at a group of senators after he apologized for the way his company worked with the data of millions of users.
He will appear at a joint hearing of the Senate judiciary Committee and the Senate Committee on trade, and on Wednesday will speak before lawmakers of the house of representatives.
Chairman of the legal Committee Chuck Grassley said that social network users deserve to know how the company protects their data and share them. According to the Senator, he wants to discuss with Zuckerberg finding a balance between security and innovation.
On Monday, Zuckerberg held a closed meeting with lawmakers in Washington and published a written testimony in which he stated that the social network must take additional steps to prevent improper operation of the user data.
“Our views on our responsibility was not wide enough and it was a big mistake. My mistake, and I regret that,” said Zuckerberg.
In his statement, Zuckerberg said that Facebook is beginning to notify 87 million users whose personal information was collected without their knowledge, the British company Cambridge Analytica, which was engaged in the profiling of voters. The company’s services were used by the election headquarters of the President of the United States Donald trump to work with probable supporters for the 2016 elections.
Facebook believes that most of the users who are affected, more than 70 million live in the United States, but some are in the Philippines, Indonesia and the UK – over a million in each country.
The social network has allowed British researchers to create a application through which about 200 thousand users revealed their personal information, which the scientist Alexander Kogan was later transferred to the Cambridge Analytica. However, the number of affected users is then repeatedly increased by the data of friends, relatives and acquaintances with whom those 200 thousand users interacted.
Cambridge Analytica argues that she had only the data on 30 million users of Facebook.
Senator bill Nelson, the leading Democrat in the Committee on trade, said Monday that Zuckerberg told him that Cambridge Analytica “lied” to Facebook.
Nelson believes that Zuckerberg was honest with him when he talked about it in their closed meeting. However, the Senator believes that in the future social network will face many challenges.
“If we do not follow the social networks and platforms, such as Facebook, and the mistakes that they made in the past, then no one American will remain the right to privacy,” said Nelson.
Facebook said that it will send all its users, and that 2.2 billion people a link where they can find out what apps they use, and the instructions with which they will be able to deny access to third-party companies in their applications.