Face­book ‘threat to democ­racy’

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

NEW laws may be needed to control web gi­ants such as Face­book to pro­tect democ­racy, an ex-GCHQ head has sug­gested.

Robert Han­ni­gan was speak­ing af­ter a Com­mons com­mit­tee pub­lished files that ap­peared to show Face­book of­fer­ing deals to de­vel­op­ers to gain spe­cial ac­cess to data on users’ friends.

Asked if the so­cial net­work was a threat to democ­racy, he told BBC Ra­dio 4’s To­day: ‘Po­ten­tially yes, I think it is, if it isn’t con­trolled and reg­u­lated.’

He said web gi­ants – which had greater in­cen­tive to profit from data than pro­tect pri­vacy – could not re­form them­selves and ‘it will have to come from out­side’.

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