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Facebook proposes changes to terms of service to make data policy clearer

Facebook proposes changes to terms of service to make data policy clearer

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the US House Energy and Commerce Committee on 11 April, the panel said on Wednesday.

Government probes, such as Missouri's effort, could provide ammunition for already filed lawsuits or new ones from users and investors seeking damages for privacy violations or losses in the company's share price related to the Cambridge Analytica disclosure, lawyers who specialise in technology cases said.

Asked if Facebook's board had asked him to step down as chairman, Zuckerberg replied, "Not that I am aware of". In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Zuckerberg declined to commit to giving Facebook users worldwide all of the new privacy protections the company is putting in place in Europe. He did not elaborate.

Facebook has been scrambling to protect its reputation after it was revealed that a third-party personality test app handed over the personal information of Facebook users to a firm working for President Donald Trump.

Tech companies are scrambling to prepare themselves for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a sweeping new set of laws that will go into effect on May 25.

Facebook says the data of more than 620,000 Canadians was also likely shared improperly. They are down more than 15 per cent since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.

Privacy advocacy groups have been urging Facebook and its Silicon Valley competitors such as Alphabet Inc's Google to apply European Union data laws worldwide, largely without success.

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Following allegations that data belonging to its users was harvested by Cambridge Analytica, the company's senior executives have been summoned to appear before MPs in the United Kingdom and Congress in the US.

"I think we will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years". Both based in California, they possess enormous amounts of data on billions of people.

Google has declined to comment on its plans.

That means, amongst other things, that you'll have the right to know what data Facebook is storing about you, and have it deleted.

The saga has trimmed some value from Facebook. Facebook said it uses the same automated tools to scan conversations as it does to monitor the public portion of the social network, and the team jumps in when it's alerted to something out of the ordinary or a clear violation.

To ensure companies comply, GDPR also gives data regulators the power to fine up to €20m or 4% of annual global turnover, which is several orders of magnitude larger than previous possible fines.

"The fact that they are a British company doesn't add anything to the analysis unless they were giving their services away for free or charging below-market rates", said Smith, now a professor at the Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.


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