The Latest: German minister seeks explanation from Facebook

The Latest on reports that millions of Facebook users’ data was used to target political ads (all times local):

6:45 a.m.

Germany’s justice minister says she is calling in Facebook’s European leadership to explain the scandal involving data mining firm Cambridge Analytica and detail whether German users’ data were affected.

Katarina Barley said Thursday she has invited Facebook officials to a meeting at her ministry next week, though the exact date has yet to be determined.

Barley, who is also responsible for consumer protection, says she wants “comprehensive information” from Facebook, including on “whether German user accounts are affected, and what Facebook plans to do to prevent a repeat of such cases.”

Barley said that European data law is already “significantly more user-friendly” than that in the U.S. but Europe should continue to work on its rules.


6:20 a.m.

Britain’s culture secretary says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s promises to change the social media giant in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle don’t go far enough.

Zuckerberg has apologized for weaknesses in the social network’s policies that enabled an app to gain access to the personal information of 50 million users without their consent. He outlined steps to protect user data and said companies have a responsibility to act.

But Culture Secretary Matt Hancock said Thursday that Parliament and society should set the rules as to what the appropriate for privacy and innovation — not any one company.

Hancock says “that’s the approach that we are taking. The big tech companies need to abide by the law and we are strengthening the law.”


Author: Tech Poster

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