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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before House committee on April 11

05 April 2018

At least until 2015, Facebook granted app developers liberal access to the data of Facebook users, and critics say that Cambridge was far from the only firm to harvest Facebook user data for dubious purposes. Cambridge subsequently did work for the Donald Trump campaign, leading to speculation that Cambridge had used the Facebook data in a psychographic ad-targeting campaign.

Facebook's new privacy policy aims to explain the data it gathers on users more clearly - but doesn't actually change what it collects and shares.

The laws only apply to European Union member states, but many privacy advocates are calling for companies to extend the consumer protections globally. But participants unknowingly gave researchers access to the profiles of their Facebook friends, allowing them to collect data from millions more users. It is implementing these changes as part of a three-part plan to restrict data access.

The company unveiled the revisions Wednesday as it faces one of its worst privacy scandals in history.

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Zuckerberg had said in recent interviews that he was "open" to testifying in relation to questions over how Cambridge Analytica, a United Kingdom -based data analysis firm, was able to acquire the user data of 50 million Facebook users. Several users were surprised to learn recently that Facebook had been collecting such data.

Zuckerberg will appear before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday, April 11 at 10 a.m., "regarding the company's use and protection of user data", according to an announcement from the Committee.

Facebook stated on Wednesday that the personal information of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous news media estimate of more than 50 million, reports Reuters. Walden and Pallone said a day later that as Facebook's top executive, Zuckerberg is indeed the "right witness to provide answers to the American people".

"This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online", it said in a statement.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before House committee on April 11