Hearings Show Congress Doesn't Understand Facebook Well Enough To Regulate It

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The hearings were meant to inform lawmakers of Facebook's approach to data handling and privacy in the wake of recent revelations that political consulting firm Cambridge Anlaytica improperly obtained data on up to 87 million Facebook users from the academic, Aleksandr Kogan. "Through those tools, Facebook is able to collect information from all of us".

During questioning by USA senators on Tuesday over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Zuckerberg said Facebook was "committed to rolling out the controls and the affirmative consent" required by the new European Union rules "around the world".

Mr Zuckerberg opened his testimony with a public apology, taking full responsibility for failing to prevent Cambridge Analytica from obtaining data from users.

Get Data Sheet, Fortune's technology newsletter. The site has been repeatedly struck with negative headlines over the past month, beginning with revelations about how it provided third-party apps with user data and allegations that such data was used to manipulate the 2016 United States presidential election. The company's core advertising business is dependent on its large user base. The company's chief security officer, Alex Stamos, took to Twitter to complain that Facebook and other "platforms" were being held to a double standard concerning the profiles, since they may well "have been criticized as monopolists for locking them down".

In a similar vein, Mr Zuckerberg was asked to get back to Congressman Frank Pallone on how the company might consider collecting less information on its users.

In a statement on Facebook Monday morning, Diamond and Silk said the company had "not communicated directly" with them about the issue, through Zuckerberg or a Facebook representative.

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In both hearings before the Senate, Zuckerberg only mentioned two kinds of data: the information that people decide to share on the platform, and the data that is automatically collected about people's behavior. Future scandals could potentially damage the company's reputation. The section titled "Was my information shared?" explains whether your or your friends ever logged into the nefarious quiz, though it won't name which friends handed over your data to the app.

Meanwhile, experts say that social media users in India have yet to learn ways to protect their privacy. You've said everyone controls their data, but you're collecting data on people who are not even Facebook users who have never signed a consent, a privacy agreement.

"There is simply no reason for your company to provide less than the best legal standards now available to protect the privacy of Facebook users", the letter said.

For anyone unsure of its meaning, shadow profiles are the data Facebook collects on people who don't have Facebook accounts.

"We have not seen wild changes in behavior", the Wall Street Journal quoted Everson as saying, "with people saying I'm not going to share any data with Facebook anymore".

Europe has taken on criticism for exporting its laws to the rest of the world, but Laidlaw said given "the privacy breaches of trust" in the cases of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, there's a need for this stronger regulation.

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