British lawmakers: Facebook violates data privacy laws
The United Kingdom's Digital, Cultural, Media and Sports Committee said in a report released Monday that part of the Facebook internal emails it examined showed that the social media platform "deliberately and deliberately" violated data privacy and competition laws. The cache of documents reviewed by the committee, some of which include correspondence between Zuckerberg and company leaders, stem from a case filed in California against Facebook  . The committee received the documents at the end of last year from a small company called Six4Three, which stands behind the costume.
According to the Commission, the documents show that Facebook is "ready to cancel the confidentiality settings of its users to transfer data." application developers. MEPs also argue that the documents indicate that the social network has been able to "starve" some data developers and force them to get out of business.
"Companies such as Facebook should not be allowed to behave as" digital gangsters "in the online world, believed to be outside and outside the law," the report said.
In response to the Facebook report, it said it did not violate data protection and competition laws. Karim Palant, Facebook's manager in the UK, said in a statement that the company "supports effective privacy legislation" and is open to "meaningful regulation."
Facebook said in December that the documents of the six quarterly cases were "selective" "revealed" only one side of the story. "CNN and other newspapers have asked the California court to make the documents public
The allegations are the last headache for the social media giant, which has been subject to intense control by US and world politicians after a series of scandals involving data, including Cambridge Analytica
While a major focus of the report was on Facebook, the Committee on Digital Technology, Culture, Media and Sport made some recommendations on how to fight fake news and misinformation
The UK's independent regulator should monitor technology companies and be able to bring legal proceedings against them
UK antitrust regulators should follow a mandatory code of ethics
- to conduct an "overall audit" on the advertising market in social media
- UK regulators need to investigate whether Facebook is involved in anti-competitive practices.
- The government should consider the recent election of evidence of manipulation of voters.
The commission's investigation lasted 1
8 months. nearly two dozen oral witness sessions, including a special meeting in Washington, and an "International Grand Committee," attended by representatives of nine countries. The final report covers over 100 pages.
"Large technology companies should not be allowed to expand exponentially, with no restrictions or appropriate regulatory oversight," the report said. "Only governments and the law are powerful enough to limit them." The report sharply criticized Facebook and Zuckerberg, who repeatedly refused to appear before the commission last year, despite numerous requests. ,
"The Facebook management structure is opaque to those outside the business, and it seems to have been designed to conceal knowledge and responsibility for specific decisions," the report said. "Facebook uses the witnessing strategy that they think are the most appropriate representatives but has not yet been properly informed on important issues and can not or has not chosen to answer many of our questions."
The authors of the report says that there is "no doubt that this strategy was deliberate."
Damian Collins, the chairman of the commission said in a statement that Zuckerberg "is constantly failing to show the levels of leadership and personal responsibility to be expected of someone who sits on top of one of the best in the world."
The British authorities ruled last year that Facebook violated the law of the United Kingdom , failing to protect consumer data and does not tell tens of millions of people how Cambridge Analytic collects information for use in political campaigns. , said the company shared "Commission's fears of fake news and election integrity" and that it had "made a significant contribution to their investigation" by answering more than 700 questions.
Palant also highlights "significant changes" in the political advertising standards the company has taken.
"No other channel for political advertising is so transparent and offers the tools we do," Palant said. "We have tripled the size of the team that works to detect and protect users from poor content up to 30,000 people and have invested heavily in machine learning, artificial intelligence and computer vision technology to prevent this type of abuse."