Congress grills Zucker­berg on pri­vacy

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

1 Face­book founder Mark Zucker­berg faced sharp ques­tions in tes­ti­mony to the US Congress about the com­pany’s abil­ity to track user move­ments, shop­ping habits and brows­ing his­to­ries.

Dur­ing the tense ses­sion, the bil­lion­aire en­tre­pre­neur said his own in­for­ma­tion was among that handed over to the po­lit­i­cal con­sul­tancy Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica, which har­vested the data of up to 87 mil­lion users with­out their per­mis­sion. Last week, Face­book be­gan no­ti­fy­ing mil­lions around the world that their pri­vate in­for­ma­tion may have been given to Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica in the worst pri­vacy de­ba­cle in the com­pany’s his­tory. Ques­tions of greater reg­u­la­tion of the tech in­dus­try were also raised dur­ing the hear­ing.

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